Woman (47) has been serving life without parole for 20 years due to mandatory drug laws

For Lesser Crimes, Rethinking Life Behind Bars

William Widmer for The New York Times

LEFT BEHIND Wendy Evil raised her sister's three children when her sister, Stephanie George, went to prison.

NY Times: Stephanie George is serving a life sentence after an ex-boyfriend hid cocaine in her attic.

Stephanie George and Judge Roger Vinson had quite different opinions about the lockbox seized by the police from her home in Pensacola. She insisted she had no idea that a former boyfriend had hidden it in her attic. Judge Vinson considered the lockbox, containing a half-kilogram of cocaine, to be evidence of her guilt.

“Even though you have been involved in drugs and drug dealing,” Judge Vinson told Ms. George, “your role has basically been as a girlfriend and bag holder and money holder but not actively involved in the drug dealing, so certainly in my judgment it does not warrant a life sentence.”

Yet the judge had no other option on that morning 15 years ago. (BULLSH1T)

As her stunned family watched, Ms. George, then 27, who had never been accused of violence, was led from the courtroom to serve a sentence of life without parole.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/12/science/mandatory-prison-s...

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