Fate Winslow has been released from prison after serving 12 years for selling US$20 worth of weed to an undercover cop

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Unhoused and hungry, Fate Winslow was approached in 2008 by an undercover cop who said he was looking to buy US$20 worth of pot. Winslow, who is Black, would sometimes act as a runner for a white dealer, so he borrowed a bike and returned with two small bags of weed, reports WWL-TV . The marked US$20 bill was later found in the white man’s possession, but he was never arrested. Instead, Winslow, who had three previous non-violent convictions, was taken in and sentenced to life in the Louisiana State Penitentiary. When he was arrested, officers found five dollars in his pocket, money Winslow said he was going to use to buy food. Earlier this week, and 12 years into his sentence, Winslow finally walked out of the largest maximum-security prison in the United States a free man. America’s longest-serving, non-violent cannabis offender has been released from prison Michael Thompson, imprisoned for 25 years for selling three pounds of cannabis, to receive parole hearing in November Racial inequality in cannabis enforcement is one of many issues spurring protests The Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) fought for his release. During the original trial, Winslow was represented by public defender Alex Rubenstein. Yahoo reports that Rubenstein barley mentioned his client’s name, called no witnesses and presented no evidence. His opening statement was 30 seconds long. “You read the transcript of his trial and you’re just horrified about what happened,” Jee Park, executive director for IPNO, told Yahoo. “[His attorney] doesn’t object when he gets sentenced to life. He doesn’t file a motion to reconsider … he doesn’t do anything. He just says, ‘Sorry, you got a guilty verdict, you’re going to prison for the rest of your life.’” In June 2019, IPNO filed an application for post-conviction relief to Caddo Parish District…

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