99 Years for Selling $450 of Rock Cocaine

October 30, 2014 at 5:22 pm Leave a comment

This is law inherently unfair as reported by Associated Press

“FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A convicted drug dealer has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for selling less than an ounce of cocaine to a North Texas law enforcement officer. Nathaniel Washington was convicted of delivery of a controlled substance for the June 2012 sale to an undercover Arlington police officer. Prosecutors in Fort Worth on Thursday said Washington, with a history of drug offenses, told the officer that he could also provide marijuana and methamphetamine. Washington was busted following the $450 transaction. Jurors on Wednesday sentenced the 50-year-old Washington as a habitual offender. Records show Washington in 1990 was sentenced to 50 years in prison for dealing drugs. Washington must serve a quarter of the 99-year term before being eligible for parole.

This reminds me of these old Rockfeller Drug laws of 1970s where selling this amount of dope would give you a 15 to life sentence.  These type of sentences is what filled our prisons during the 1980s.  Unless the guy has prior  seriously  violent felonies which the article fails to report, then the sentence is wildly disproportionate to the actual time served in prison that is warranted in this guy. In California, this guy would have gotten 3 years in the county jail under AB 109.  Instead, the state of Texas sentence this guy to 99 years for something should be subject to 18 months to two years of actual physical imprisonment followed by a year of post-release supervision.

They call this form of Texas Justice. In my opinion, this is no “Texas Justice”.  Real “Texas Justice” is sending convicted kidnappers, child rapists,and murders and locking them in prison for good.  Not this.  This is a law system gone mad.

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