Post Date: September 16, 2013
(Business Insider – quotes Molly Gill) — Reporter Erin Fuchs writes about the sad and compelling story of Mandy Martinson, a first time offender who is serving 15 years in federal prison for a nonviolent drug offense. Writes Fuchs:
Mandy Martinson had never been convicted of a crime before cops raided her Iowa home back in 2004. Martinson was a meth addict who helped her then-boyfriend count cash for his drug conspiracy. By the time her case went to trial, she’d gotten off the drug and taken major steps to get her life back together. But Iowa federal judge James Gritzner sentenced Martinson to 15 years in prison anyway after her ex testified against her.
Judge Gritzner couldn’t show her mercy because of the 1980s-era mandatory minimum sentences for many drug crimes. She was 28 at sentencing and will be at least 40 when she gets out. Martinson says the possibility of not having kids is the worst part of her sentence, she told Molly Gill, government affairs counsel at Families Against Mandatory Minimums. Read article