The Land of the Free punishes or imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation. This collection of testimonials from criminal offenders, family members, and experts on America’s criminal justice system puts a human face on the millions of Americans subjugated by the US Government's 40 year, one trillion dollar social catastrophe: The War on Drugs; a failed policy underscored by fear, politics, racial prejudice and intolerance in a public atmosphere of "out of sight, out of mind."
In 1985 Anthony Papa was arrested in a New York cocaine sting, and under the draconian Rockefeller drug laws, was given two 15-to-Life sentences for four and a half ounces of cocaine. He had never been arrested before or been involved in drug dealing yet his entire life was taken away from him for a first-time non-violent offense. This is the amazing story of his arrest and incarceration, and how in 1997, he eventually won clemency from the Governor of New York.
This complete interview is #15 of 100 in The Exile Nation Project's archive, which can be found on ExileNation.org.