Mandatory Minimums Do More Harm than Good, Ex-inmate Says
USA Today
March 17, 2016

“On my worst day in prison, I decided to take my life. I had just been denied clemency — again — and I realized that I would never be free. I had already been locked up almost five years for a non-violent drug crime. That day, I ended my fight to go home to my young daughter and jumped 40 feet to what I hoped was my death. Miraculously, I survived my near fatal injuries but was partially paralyzed and lost my ability to walk. My prison now included the limitations of my own body.”

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