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Another Cannabis Lifer Released from Prison

Fate Winslow after his release from Angola State in Louisiana on December 16. (Image via Innocence Project New Orleans)

It's hard to believe people still go to jail for possessing $20 worth of marijuana in America. What's staggeringly worse was Fate Winslow serving a life sentence in Louisiana for such an offense until his release last week after serving 12 years at Angola State Prison.

Homeless, Winslow sold $20 of weed to an undercover cop in Shreveport in 2008. A petty criminal, he'd been preeviously arrested twice for burglary and once for cocaine possession. The judgee threw the book at him.

Innocence Project New Orleans and Last Prisoner Project to up Winslow's case. "He received an obscenely excessive sentence given his life circumstances and crime, and today we're correcting that unconstitutional, inhumane sentence," Winslow's lawyer Jee Park stated on December 16. Winslow is now 53.


Other Recent Cannabis Lifer Prison Releases

Richard DeLisi - Dec. 8, 2020

Anthony Bascaro - May 1, 2019


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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

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