A 46-year old Florida man, father of three, no prior criminal history, sold some of his unused pain pills to a sick friend that he thought was in a bind. His friend turned out to be a police informant. He is now serving 25 years in prison. Conor Friedersdorf opines:
It costs Florida roughly $19,000 to incarcerate an inmate for a year. So I ask you, dear reader, is keeping non-violent first-time drug offender John Horner locked behind bars in a jumpsuit really the best use of $475,000? For the same price, you could pay a year’s tuition for 75 students at Florida State University. You could pay the salaries of seven West Palm Beach police officers for a year. Is it accurate to call a system that demands the 25-year prison term mad?
Here are his kids (via Friedersdorf):
John Horner will be 72 years old by the time he’s released. His kids will be in their 30’s when he sees them again outside of prison.
The Drug War rages on.
Naturally, a petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/the-president-of-the-united-states-reform-florida-s-minimum-mandatory-sentencing-laws-1st-time-offenders