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Obama Granted Her Clemency. Less Than a Year Later, SheâEUR(TM)s Going Back to Prison.

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Carol Denise Richardson was sentenced to life in prison in 2006. Her crime? Possessing 50 grams or more of cocaine. Prosecutors said she intended to distribute the drugs

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Phyllis P (237)
Sunday June 11, 2017, 5:12 pm
Richardson, a 49-year-old resident of Texas City, was originally convicted in 2006 for “conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine as well as two counts of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base.” At the time, U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison sentenced her to life in federal prison, noting that she had an extensive criminal history. Richardson had already served about a decade of her life sentence when she received a reprieve last year, under an agreement that her release would be supervised for 10 years. For Richardson and hundreds of other nonviolent drug offenders granted clemency, the truncated prison sentence was a rare opportunity to reenter society. During his two terms in office, Obama commuted a total of 1,715 prison sentences, more than any other president in history. Richardson was released from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons on July 28, 2016. However, on April 13, less than a year after her release, Richardson was arrested for theft in Pasadena, Tex., a Houston suburb. According to acting U.S. attorney Abe Martinez, Richardson also violated four other terms of her release, including a failure to report any “law enforcement contact” to her probation officer within 72 hours. “She has also failed to maintain regular contact with the U.S. Probation Office and failed to report that she had been terminated from her employment with Home Health Providers for abandoning her position,” Martinez said in a statement. “She also failed to report a change in her residence. In fact, as of May 15, 2017, attempts to reach her were unsuccessful, and her whereabouts were unknown.” Richardson was finally located and arrested May 31, Martinez said. In a hearing Thursday, Ellison — the same judge who had sentenced Richardson to life in federal prison in 2006 — told her he was disappointed that she had wasted “the extremely rare opportunity she was given,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Ellison ordered Richardson to return to federal prison for 14 months; afterward, she will be placed on supervised release for five years. “This defendant was literally given a second chance to become a productive member of society and has wasted it,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted Imperato said in a statement after the hearing. “She has clearly shown a willful disregard for the law and must face the consequences for her crimes and actions.”

Raleighaway k (372)
Sunday June 11, 2017, 5:48 pm
noted ty

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Monday June 12, 2017, 8:37 am
Noted, Thanks

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Monday June 12, 2017, 12:09 pm
Noted, Thank you

Mike H (252)
Monday June 12, 2017, 8:28 pm

JL A (281)
Tuesday June 13, 2017, 7:44 pm
this one gives more of the history on how we failed her so very many times:

Mandi T (375)
Tuesday June 13, 2017, 10:18 pm

Pat B (356)
Wednesday June 14, 2017, 5:31 am
Thanks, Phyllis for posting.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday June 14, 2017, 9:06 am
Carol was the only person in her case who received a life sentence even though her husband was identified as the main dealer.

Which the article JL A left goes on to state how women are receiving harsher sentences than men.

"This begs the question ― who have we become in this nation and who is responsible for creating an atmosphere of such contempt toward anyone who associates with drug activity, or falls prey to drug addiction? When I came of age in 1978, illicit drug use was referred to benignly as “recreational.” George W. Bush referred to his own drug use as “youthful indiscretions.” Cocaine in the 1980s was as common as cigarette use in the 1950s. Indeed, it was glamorized and many of us found ourselves singing along to Eric Clapton’s hit song “Cocaine” during one long massive party that paired well with the disco-tech era.

Around 1988, the lights went out and a dark cloud landed squarely over this nation that has yet to dissipate and shows no sign of lifting. While it may be true that recreational drug use was out of control, we needed a campaign similar to the one launched to combat cigarette use, but instead, we got Pandora’s box of demons that historically accompany prohibition."

Appears she needed help a long time ago not prison. We also need Universal Health Care so she could of obtained the medication she needed for her mental health issues.

This Nation fails so many people in so many ways.

Lona G (80)
Wednesday June 14, 2017, 10:07 am
What a terribly sad story of a wasted life and a system that only out to punish her, but never to rehabilitate her and learn to cope with a harsh society other than through nonviolent (petty) crime. Even Obama' commuting her sentence ended up being a futile gesture as she was released without ever having learned how to deal with the outside world after ten (of the 50) years in prison.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Wednesday June 14, 2017, 9:22 pm
Sending people to prison when they need medical help is not the answer to so many serving time for a none violent crime! Thanks Phyllis for sharing!

Dawnie W (250)
Wednesday June 14, 2017, 9:51 pm
💙💜Noted... 💙💜Thank you...Phyllis.💙💜

😉💜ღ 💙Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ😺💜L💙ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all💜😺Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ💛ღ💙😉

Mike M (40)
Thursday June 15, 2017, 7:41 am
The system and the country let her down but this happens hundreds time a day to untold number of people.

desanka s (416)
Thursday June 15, 2017, 11:48 pm
Carol’s story is tragic. Thank you Phyllis for posting.

Shirley S (187)
Friday June 16, 2017, 10:29 pm
So many sad stories of drugs & prison terms & a health system failing to cope.

Suzanne L (99)
Tuesday June 20, 2017, 9:59 pm
A tragedy.
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