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Oklahoma Mom Sentenced to 12 Years In Prison For $30 Worth Of Weed May Get Parole!

  • by Sabrina Fendrick April 19, 2012

    “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history” -Gandhi 

    Patricia Spottedcrow, a mother and first time offender from Oklahoma, was originally sentenced to 12 years behind bars for selling $30 worth of marijuana. For months, the NORML Women’s Alliance, and other organizations have been bringing attention to one of the most egregious cases of the war on drugs in recent history.  After several outreach campaigns to local law enforcement and elected officials, and especially a strong grassroots effort spearheading my outraged mothers and reformers alike, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board have recommended early parole for Spottedcrow. While this is a small victory in the battle against marijuana prohibition, it is significant in showing that grassroots efforts trult can make a significant difference in the lives of those adversely impacted by the government’s war on drugs.

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Grassroots support may evolve into early parole for a Kingfisher mother who was handed a strict prison sentence for a first-time offense of selling $31 worth of marijuana.

    After her story was published in the Tulsa World’s series on Women in Prison in 2011, a groundswell of support emerged. In October, a Kingfisher County judge reduced her sentence by four years.

    Spottedcrow’s advocates expressed concern for possible racial bias, disparate sentences for drug crimes, Oklahoma’s No. 1 female incarceration rate per capita and the effects on children growing up with incarcerated parents.

    Because children were in Spottedcrow’s home when she was arrested, a charge of possession of a dangerous substance in the presence of a minor was added. Her mother, Delita Starr, was also charged with the crime but was given a 30-year suspended sentence so she could care for Spottedcrow’s four children while their mother was incarcerated.

    Board member Marc Dreyer, senior pastor at Tulsa’s Memorial Baptist Church, was instrumental in getting Spottedcrow’s case early consideration.

    He said he requested to meet Spottedcrow while visiting Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Taft a few months ago, after reading about her case in the Tulsa World.

    “Based on quantity of drugs involved and the desperation of her situation at the time, it was my view that she ought to have consideration by the board for parole, as there were some extenuating circumstances,” Dreyer said. He requested that her case be moved to the board’s April hearing.

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    56 Responses to “Oklahoma Mom Sentenced to 12 Years In Prison For $30 Worth Of Weed May Get Parole!”

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    4. Toronto Dude says:

      In my city she would probably just get probation for her first offense. We here have a very small drug problem compared to the USA, even though the USA gives offenders draconian style sentences. Also since she is of First Nations decent, she will be through the “Native Courts”, where the court system is geared towards the needs and experience of the First Nations community. I love Canada and it Liberalism that makes us have a higher standard of living, higher literacy rates and lower violent crimes rates.

    5. Mark says:

      Almost anywhere in US, the lady would have gotten charges reduced or dismissed. flukes like this can happen. even in canada, you can go to jail twice as long as rapists for posession (although canada is very lienient on rapists)… still not cool. Also, Canada has almost twice the violent crime rate of US. Always divide the (N)umber by the population. USA didn’t make the top 10 list on the link, but it’s at 387 per 100k people. I agree, public education in US is terrible. Standard of living in US is formidably superior in US, which is why I moved. I urge you to peek at the below wiki. Cheers. Google is your friend.

      http://warnewsupdates.blogspot.com/2012/12/what-country-has-most-violent-crime.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Canadian_and_American_economies

    6. [...] Al Sharpton praised the move on Monday’s show, highlighting the story of Patricia Spottedcrow, a mother and first-time offender who initially faced as 12-year sentence for a $30 drug crime [...]

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