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Life without Parole: America's New Death Penalty? (The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute Series on Race and Justice) Paperback – June 4, 2012
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“Life without Parole should play a critical role in the discussion of crime and punishment in the United States. It should stimulate debate over the severity of life without parole sentencing, demanding that we not regard it as an automatic alternative to the death penalty, and that we scrutinize each sentence for consistency with American ideals of fairness and compassion.”-Journal of African American History
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Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. is the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton
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I knew a black man who was sentenced to 16 years for possession of one ounce of marijuana in CA. I just happened to know the DA in that county so I called him and asked about the case. He said that his staff had determined that this guy was a major drug dealer. I said that I knew him and that he couldn't afford a car, he was a nursery school teacher. I was pretty sure he was not a drug dealer. The DA said he would take a look at the case. He did and the case was retried and the man was released. The police and prosecutors had falsified evidence because they believed this black man was a big dealer. They thought they were doing the right thing or rather the wrong things for the right reason. This sort of thing happens all the time and the prisons are full of people who should not be there. Of course, a lot of people are free who should be in prison. We need major reforms but we also need for people to do their jobs with integrity and honesty and compassion.
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