Module Five Assignment One

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CJ 120
Oct 20, 2023
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Loden's Wheel Factor Quote/Information Prevalent Factors Sharanda Jones Case 1. Race 2.race "more than 100 people, all of them black." 2.race "more than 100 people, all of them black." "More than 100 people, all of them black." 2. Gender "In Dallas' federal courts, few cases have illustrated the arbitrary nature of tough drug sentencing laws more effectively than the case against a woman from Terrell named Sharanda Jones." "Because of her role as a middle woman between a cocaine buyer and supplier, Jones was accused of being part of a "drug conspiracy" and should have known that the powder would be converted to crack — triggering a greater penalty." 3. Socioeconomic Status "Too poor to afford a so-called "dope lawyer" for her jury trial, she pleaded not guilty". "I began dealing drugs out of desperation to be able to sufficiently support myself and my family," Jones wrote. "I now understand to the fullest level the destruction caused by drugs. I take full responsibility for my actions and know that I deserve to be punished . . . but for the rest of my life for my first ever arrest and conviction? . . . My deepest sorrow is being separated from my only child, Clenesha." 4. Union Affiliation "These laws forced judges to look at their calculators instead of into the eyes of the defendants they were sentencing," said Weich, now the dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law. "They weren't allowed to ask, 'How did they get to this point in their lives?' and 'Who were they going to be in five or 20 years?'" 5. Geographical Location "Her case began in November 1997 when the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department conducted a large drug sweep in the city of Terrell, about 30 miles east of Dallas, netting more than 100 people, all of them black." Additional Factors Additional Resources 1. Historical Events "October 6, the Justice Department announced a separate historic initiative to give early release to 6,000 prisoners, under reforms that have retroactively made drug sentences shorter." 2. Appearance "Only 11 percent of federal drug trafficking defendants were major traffickers, while the majority of others were just low- level criminals or research by the ACLU documenting that more than 3,000 people are serving life sentences without parole for nonviolent crimes, mainly drugs, or the many disturbing statistics about the United States' booming prison population."
References: Martyn, A. (2019, October 23). New Reforms Bypass Dallas Inmate Sentenced to Life for First Drug Arrest . Dallas Observer. bypass-dallas-inmate-sentenced-to-life-for-first-drug-arrest-7680480 . WP Company. (n.d.). How a first crack cocaine offense led to a life sentence. The WashingtonPost. arrest-to-a-life-sentence/ . Reflection: Personally, I believe this is case could be considered as being part of the war on drugs. Sharanda Jones was guilty of drugs, however because she was a black woman, she was also a victim in a way. She was a victim of the cultural strain that is pushed on low-income areas where they don't have the means to live up to the upper/middle-class societal standards. To live up to these standards Jones tried to make her way with her own business, but ultimately resorted to drugs to feed her child. As a result, she faced jail time. Due to misrepresentation, the jury on Jones' case was unaware that sentencing her was in fact sentencing her to life in prison.
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