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40 Years in Jail for a Marijuana Offense

• Jacob Hornberger - FFF

The reason that Rubis's article caught my attention is captured in the title of his article: "I'm Serving 40 Years in Federal Prison. Here's a Glimpse Into My World." That title intrigued me because I have often wondered what daily life is like for prison inmates. Do they sit around all day reading books? Do they work out? Do they have jobs inside the prison? What type of food do they eat? Are they constantly getting harassed by prison guards? Are they raped or beaten up by other inmates?

That "40 Years" in the title of the article also caught my attention. Imagine: 40 years in jail! As a former criminal-defense attorney, I figured that Rubis had most likely been convicted of a serious federal offense, such as bank robbery or kidnapping, perhaps even felony-murder.

Not so. After describing what his daily life in prison is like, Rubis included a tagline at the bottom of his article that stated that he was serving a 40-year jail sentence for a non-violent marijuana offense.

Yes, you read that right! 40 years! For … a … non-violent .. marijuana … offense.

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Comment by tittiger
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We live in a society where 99.9999% of the population can not define what right is and this is the result. Under USC 18 sections 241 and 242 the people that violated these peoples rights under "color of law" can and should be hanged from the neck until dead. That includes many many police, judges, and legislators. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” ~Isaiah 5:20