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Stories of people who have been incarcerated.

Amy Povah is the Founder of CAN-DO, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit foundation that advocates Clemency for All Non-violent Drug Offenders. Amy Povah experienced the injustices of the Drug War first hand when she was sentenced to serve 24 years in...
In June of 2016, Drug War Stories did an extensive profile of Commuted Drug War Prisoner, Rudy Martinez, who had been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on a conspiracy drug conviction.  Thankfully, former President...
He ended up losing his gallbladder and parts of his bowel, colon and rectum. The bullets also damaged his liver, small intestine and pancreas. His lung partially collapsed. His left leg was broken. One of his vertebrae was partially destroyed; two others were fractured. He’ll never walk again or be able to have kids of his own. He’ll also need to use a colostomy bag for the rest of his life.
Pinkney Clowers Among the many thousands upon thousands who were denied clemency by former President Obama was Pinkney Clowers, sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for drug crimes purportedly committed when he was between the ages...
Craig Cesal's daughter, Lauren Cesal, talks about her father who is serving a life sentence for marijuana. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWNNXR_IAGY]
"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...
"A life sentence, is worse than a death sentence!!! A death sentence you die once!!! A life sentence you die a little every day!!!!" Michael Pelletier, a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair since he was eleven years old, was convicted of...
UPDATE: President Obama commutes Rudy’s sentence August 30, 2016!!!! Rudy Martinez is currently serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole following his conviction in 1992 on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise.  Rudy is...
Kevin Ott, 53, is serving a sentence of life without parole for a drug conviction. In April, 2016, Drug War Stories wrote to Kevin and requested a response to a questionnaire. Kevin's responses were received on May 2, 2016....
Weldon Angelos was only twenty-five years old when he was sentenced to a mandatory 55-year prison sentence under mandatory minimum drug and gun laws for selling marijuana.

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