With the Obama administration's new guidelines on clemency for non-violent drug offenders - the thousands now condemned to what the ACLU calls "a living death" under laws almost universally blasted - consider the case of Sharanda Jones. A 32-year-old mother with no prior arrests, she was caught up in a drug sweep - every suspect was black - in her small Texas town and sentenced to life without parole on one count of distributing crack cocaine. She has now spent almost 15 years behind bars. Arguing "Sharanda Jones is more than an 8-digit federal inmate number," her now-23-year-old daughter Clenesha Garland has authored a petition to free her.
"Prison is only one chapter in my life. I do not believe this is my end." - Jones