August 15, 2015 by socialaction2014
A Louisiana man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for having possession of the equivalent of two joints of marijuana. Even though laws were put in place to lessen sentences for non violent drug crimes, Bernard Noble received a heavy handed punishment. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian (The Point), Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick?), Rob Huebel hosts of The Young Turks discuss.
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“This summer, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) signed a bill that significantly decreases criminal penalties for marijuana possession in the state. But for some prisoners already serving time on marijuana charges, the state’s old draconian drug laws continue to apply.
Take the case of Bernard Noble. A 49-year-old father of seven, Noble is serving more than 13 years behind bars in Jackson Parish Correctional Center in Jonesboro. His crime: being caught with the equivalent of two joints’ worth of marijuana in 2010. He has no chance of parole. The state Board of Pardons and Parole rejected Noble’s petition for clemency in May simply because he hasn’t served 10 or more years in prison yet — state law requires inmates to have been in custody of the Department of Corrections for a minimum of 10 years before they’ll consider an inmate’s application for clemency.”