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!”

    1. april showers says:

      it is time for the decriminalise drugs. this is a unecessary loss of human dignity and life. thisis law enforcement being a bully not delivering justice. no child has ever been abused or inflicted becasue they saw some amrijauanna. what is our governemtn so afriad of? totally ignorant. embarrssing to be alive and live int his coutry at this time in history. people think we are so modern but the truth is we are livingin one of the most barabaric times in history of humanity nothing has really changed, we are still neaderthals but with fancy stuff.

    2. michael says:

      wtf 12 years for 30$ worth damn wtf are they thinking going over kill on her sentence like that even i knwo 30$ worth isnt really worth sell if its all ya got. lets all show our support fr this woman

    3. Lorraine says:

      This is ridiculous. Marijuana should just be legalized already so people’s lives stopped being ruined.

    4. Galileo Galilei says:

      Every so often you get a glimpse of just how truly monstrous the drug war really is.

    5. this is unreal, a herb that will not hurt anyone and she got 12 years????? But his aunt has been living off the goverment for years and she is not legal here in the USA. What the hell?????

    6. I read it wrong sorry folks, I need glasses. but about the pot that was wrong….

    7. Dave Evans says:

      How is it, in a court of law, all parties (the police, the judges and even the defense attorneys) can agree, abusing marijuana users is a useful public policy?

      Can we gamble and buy hookers at church too? Seems about the same level of “civility” to me…

    8. Michael McKinney says:

      That is crazy. It is a God given plant. She should be released. This is insane. I don’t think a judge or prosecutor should be allowed to pass sentences like these without knowing what time is. All judges and prosecutors should have a mandatory three months lockup to see what time is.

    9. Suzette says:

      I think this is absolutely ridiculous!! I know people who have committed murder and got much less time!! I’m completely disgusted by what they’ve done and pretty much speechless!!!

    10. Stu says:

      This kind of shit wouldn’t happen if Ron Paul wins the 2012 election. Vote for what you know to be right and just.