Sarah Silverman, Montel Williams and others are raising awareness about Michael Thompson, a 68-year old man who's serving a 40-60 year sentence in Michigan for conspiracy to distribute marijuana and gun possession. He's served 26 years of his sentence so far. Thompson is currently hospitalized with Covid symptoms.
This tweet by Silverman pretty much says it all:
The weed industry is run almost entirely by white men while people like Michael Thompson spend their lives in prison https://t.co/SlGgWgnScK— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) August 1, 2020
Silverman followed up with this tweet:
While John Boehner now makes millions as a weed lobbyist ⬇️⬇️⬇️ https://t.co/SlGgWgnScK— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) August 1, 2020
According to Can-Do: Justice Through Clemency:
"Michael “Meeko” Thompson has spent more than two decades locked in a state prison and is now in the Muskegon Correctional Facility. Michael was arrested for selling three pounds of cannabis to an undercover officer. He had prior drug offenses, but no history of violence. When his house was raided after his arrest, a few antique firearms and one usable firearm were recovered. Despite the fact that the antiques did not fire and the one that did was owned by Michael’s wife, he was convicted of felony possession of a firearm along with his cannabis charges. This was his fourth offense which labeled him a habitual offender, and he was sentenced to 40-60 years in prison. He could have been sentenced to as little as three to five years."
Respectfully asking @GovWhitmer to do the right thing. Michael Thompson has been taken to a hospital with #COVID19 symptoms... He is the longest serving non-violent offender in Michigan history. Please m’am - enough is a enough. I know Michigan values - this isn’t that. https://t.co/xAbQjPsw7b— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) August 1, 2020
Podcaster Shaun King tweeted:
Dear @GovWhitmer,— Shaun King (@shaunking) August 1, 2020
It’s absolutely shameful that you refuse to grant clemency to Michael Thompson. The request is on your desk.
He is the longest serving non-violent person in Michigan’s prisons. He’s been there for nearly 30 years.
Now he has Covid-19https://t.co/9s5yqn55Bx
Thompson was denied clemency by previous Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. Current Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is being asked to release him.
Call These Numbers
Gov. Whitmer’s office: 517-373-3400
Michigan Parole Board: 517-373-0270
Write to Michael Thompson
Muskegon Correctional Facility
2400 S. Sheridan Rd.
Muskegon, MI 49442
Inmate #: 176309