“I have come to believe that experience can truly be a great teacher. Even when it is painful. If we look for and use the lessons.” Pinkney Clowers
The story of Pinkney Clowers is the story of everything that’s wrong with the drug war. It is the story of how a sweet happy black child who did well in school and went to church ended up, a few short later years later, locked up for the rest of his life with no possibility of parole. It is a story of conspiracy and mandatory minimum sentencing. It is a story of co-conspirator deal-making and lies. It is a story of a “criminal justice system” that favors drug prosecutions and gives almost all the power to prosecutors. It is also a story of bias, prejudice, and racism.