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There’s a petition on Change.org that has been building momentum. It is a petition requesting clemency from the Governor of Missouri for a man who has been in prison for twenty years and faces life without parole for a non-violent cannabis crime.
Jeff Mizanskey was sentenced under Missouri’s harsh three-strikes law. He had been arrested and convicted twice of minor marijuana crimes previously when he was arrested in 1993. He had been giving a friend a ride, and that friend later testified that Mizanskey had no knowledge of his intention to purchase and transport the cannabis that was in the vehicle when they were arrested.
In Missouri, there’s a special law for repeat drug offenders called the “prior and persistent drug offender” law. That law gave the judge sentencing Mizanskey the ability to incarcerate him for the rest of his life, despite the fact that he had never been previously incarcerated.
Mizanskey has been in prison for over twenty years. He has tried, and failed, to appeal his ridiculous sentence in a courtroom, but it has been upheld three times.
Now, his son and his attorney are asking the Governor of Missouri to step in and free Jeff Mizankskey. At the time of this article’s publication, the petition was nearing 380,000 signatures. His supporters have also been working to raise funds to begin a massive outreach and awareness campaign.
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