At the end of 5 years, John is declared a "free" man. But is he, really?
Following his time in prison, John is confronted by the fact that his dreams of pursuing graduate school are thwarted by his permanent record. Not only that, but his employment options have become limited.
Punishments for drug law violations do not end with the criminal justice system. Policies denying voting rights, employment, business loans, trade licensing, student financial aid, child custody and housing assistance will follow John for the rest of his life.
And yet, our current administration seems bent on escalating the drug war instead of addressing its very tragic consequences. President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are seeking to undo state-level marijuana reforms, and Sessions has instructed the nation’s federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges for those who use drugs – including low-level, nonviolent people with no criminal history. Sessions claims it is the “moral and just” thing to do.
How can you help change this?