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First time, Non-Violent Mom Received Life with No Parole on Flawed Crack Conspiracy Case

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Sharanda Jones has been in prison for the last 13 years.  She was given a sentence of life in prison with no chance for parole in an alleged conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.  The 45-year old mother and her family are pleading for the public’s support in helping her to get home to her daughter Clenesha Garland, who is now 22 years old.

Thousands have already signed the petition for the woman, whom her supporters believe has paid more than her debt to society.   They also say that Sharanda’s sentence was flawed, according to Fair Sentencing Guidlines.  Her family argues that the public admission by both legislators and advocates that the crack cocaine laws were unfair and draconian mandate that the woman’s sentence be open for reconsideration:

Sharanda has more than paid the price for the crime in which she has been convicted. The United States Sentencing Commission has determined that the federal sentencing guidelines under which Sharanda was sentenced upon were flawed. This determination is evidenced by not one, but two guideline adjustments in less than 5 years in the realm of crack‑cocaine federal sentencing that drastically reduce sentences for crack cocaine offenses. These paramount developments in Congress tell us one thing – the crack cocaine penalties under which Sharanda was sentenced were unfair. 

Sharanda was a first time, non-violent offender, and her attorney says that this sentence was harsh for someone in her position.  Attorney Brittany K. Byrd in Dallas, Texas has agreed to represent Sharanda on a pro bono basis.   Attorney Byrd says that Sharanda has taken responsibility for her crime, but says that it’s not rational for a woman who has never even been arrested for a traffic ticket to spend the rest of her life in prison.

The petition asks for President Barack Obama to use his pen to sign the document that would secure her release.   With the president’s signature, this mom could be home with her family within days.

To sign the petition for Sharanda’s release, you can visit this link.   If you believe in the cause, we encourage you to share this with everyone you know.

To hear an interview between Attorney Byrd and Dr. Boyce Watkins, you can visit the link below:

334 Comments

  1. Doris Williams-Mullen

    May 31, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    This is sad, 13 years away from her daughter’s life. And to get life without no chance of parole is silly, for this charge, first time offence. I hope & pray, Our Lord & Saviour move in her behalf soon. Sharanda Jones, didn’t deserve this. It’s people who kill people sometimes gets less sentence than this.

    • antoinette sims

      June 1, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      there is know way no how this is right but one thing I know is God sits high and looks low he knows whats going on, and when his children cry out to him he hears and answers to our cry.

      • BigWill

        June 2, 2013 at 1:13 am

        Elvis, was a hero to most but he never meant shit to me. You see straight up racist that sucker was simple and plain mother fuck him and John Wayne. Cause I’m Black and I’m proud, I’m ready and hyped- plus I’m amped, most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamp.

        • olivia pope

          June 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm

          I see you are ready to fight the power. The system has definitely been broken a long time with the disparity in sentencing. If the woman was white she would not have been given that kind of sentence. If Eric Holder and the Justice Department has any balls, they will investigate the racist criminal justice system, starting with Texas and Florida.

      • Evelyn Ashe

        December 13, 2013 at 5:09 am

        In The Mighty Name of JESUS””BLESS SHARANDA AND GET HER HOME TO HER FAMILY, AMEN!

    • Lexxi

      June 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      I agree Doris, this woman has paid enough for her crime. Look at all the worse criminals like child molesters that get less time! Obviously drug dealing is bad, but I think this woman deserves a chance.

  2. Richard Johnson

    May 31, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    How long is Texas going to keep giving unjustly sentences to Blacks, it seems like 9 1/2 out of ten people whose innocence is later proven is Black. Everyone who cares need to look at this injustice that lives in the Texas Judicial System.

  3. Joe

    May 31, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Harsh punishment yes, but she was wrong for the crack. All the previous posts are all idiots. Get off the cross! Quit griping about Race you A Holes! If anything, all your comments are racist! You are racist! The judge is obviously an A hole just like these immature comments on here!

    • Carla

      May 31, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      She deserves to stay in there!!!! She has kids!!! She deserves what she got!!! All these fuckers love to play the race card!!! screw them, they do crack, they go to jail for whatever amount of time the law gives them!!!! hope she stays in there for a very long time!!!! She’s a scumbag!!! You don’t do or sell drugs when you have children!

      • BigWill

        June 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm

        @Carla- you’re a complete dumbazz and here’s why:

        Caucasian Casey Anderson gets away with killing ‘allegedly’ her daughter or at worse, hiding the corpse near her home and blaming everybody but herself. Caucasian Jody Arias gets life in prison- eligible for parole , but not the death penalty for the brutal death of her ex-boyfriend, Travis. He suffered no less than 27 stab wounds. But this black woman gets life in prison for selling crack. This is a dog gone shame.

        The phrase- innocent until proven guilty only applies to Caucasian people that’s because most likely the judge is a white racist, prosecutor a white racist and the media controlled Caucasians on the jury are white racist. Caucasians are allowed to break the law left and right with minimal consequence while this racist Amerikkka expect non whites to be perfect and never make a mistake or face maximum punishment.

      • bones

        June 1, 2013 at 9:11 pm

        You’re only good for talking crap when your butt is not in the hot seat.

        • bones

          June 1, 2013 at 9:13 pm

          My comment is for you, Carla.

      • Danii

        June 1, 2013 at 11:40 pm

        Ignorant

      • sheyah

        June 2, 2013 at 6:58 am

        CARLA I CANT BELIEVE YOU WOULD WANT THIS FOR ANOTHER WOMAN. YOU ARE NOT A BRIGHT PERSON. I WANT THE NAME OF THE PIG JUDGE WHO SIGNED OFF ON THIS.

      • Lexxi

        June 2, 2013 at 1:11 pm

        Yes, she made a mistake, but why should parents be treat more harshly than people without kids? I hate to say it but she was probably desperate enough to sell drugs so she could support her kids.

      • olivia pope

        June 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm

        What about the white scumbags with children who do meth or cocaine. Should they stay in there a long time. This broken justice system doesn’t think so, as they give much shorter sentences to white women doing meth and cocaine.

      • Berdell

        December 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm

        Hope you live long enough to have A “WALKING IN SHOES MOMENT”.
        May your children ,grands ,nieces or newphews never walk where she has.
        When people kill and get life I can see,but punshiment should fit The Crime,this does not!!

    • tyeakia Miles

      June 1, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Joe ,Carla WHITE? Have MERCY on HER? intent to sell CRACK?So many people use CRACK COKE,LETS go after the REAL CRIMINALS.WHITE RICH PEOPLE WHO SHIP IT INTO THE COUNTRY ON PLANES BOATS TRAINS,WHO MAKE BILLIONS OFF THIS STUFF ARE THE SAME JUDGES WHO SENTENCE YOU FOR LIFE. Tyeakia Designs RASTAFARI FREED BLACK PEOPLE FROM THESE UNJUST LAWS THE WHITEMAN HAS WRITTEN.ITS BEEN A LONG TIME OF ABUSES SEGEGATION, LYNCHINGS, BLACKCODES. CIVILRIGHTS ABUSES, STOP AND SEARCH ETC ETC TOO MANY TOO LIST .WE WORKED FOR 400yrs for FREE.THEN OUT of SLAVERY YOU STILL ABUSED BLACK PEOPLE,WHITE WOMEN LIED ON BLACK MEN SAYING THEY WERE RAPED AND NOW WHITEWOMEN OPEN THERE LEGS TO ANY BLACKMAN WITH A PENIS,I KNOW I LIVE IN NYC.

    • Lee

      June 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Your response is irresponsible, ignorant and simplistic. Say race and social economic status play a significant role in our criminal justice system. To conclude otherwise is to belong to the low information crowd or simply refuse to see America with clear eyes–Race Matters.

      As a criminologist for nearly 15 years, I can assure you that the laws used to sentence this person (truth in sentencing, mandatory minimums, three strikes law, disparity is cocaine laws), and far too many like her, have little to do with public safety and everything to do with profit. Private prison corporations are some of the most profitable industries in the country earning billions annually. Ensuring prisons incarcerate more people for longer sentences is what lobbyists for the private prison industry do. In a letter to 48 states, the largest private prison corporation offered to buy and manage all of the state prisons on one condition–that each state assure them that each prison would remain at least 90% full. From the Huffpost article, you can link to the actual letter sent to the states (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/14/private-prisons-buying-state-prisons_n_1272143.html).

      The problem the case highlights is the inequity in the criminal justice system, as whites are more likely to receive a fine or probation for drug possession (considered experimentation), while blacks are more likely to receive a prison sentence for the same drug possession (considered a criminal act).

      In this case, time served thus far is more than she should have served. She deserves a second chance. There are murderers, truly violent people, who have been released and incarcerated again (if not multiple times) during her nearly 14 years behind bars. Does that sound fair–to spend the rest of her life in prison for a one time drug conviction.

      Let’s not forget that Obama could be in prison, had he been arrested during his drug using days. And look what he was able to achieve because he was not branded a criminal. Think about.

    • What do you know

      June 1, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      It’d be great if the Cross was the solution but neither you or the Cross solve anything. You both create the problem through some hateful nonsense caused by those of you who still blame all the evils of the world on black people while failing to see that you are the main reason this is so. Get a grip on reality and see that living while being black still is hazardous to the health of any black person unlucky enough to have to go to court for anything, especially if they live in the south. Then multiply that by 10 if it’s a black woman. She didn’t sell anything. It was a conspiracy, you idiot. Race is a real and present danger in America if one is black. In about 5 years when whites are really in the minority, perhaps your change will come and then you’ll know what happens when the other shoe falls on you. I hope and pray we both live to see that day. I’m looking forward to it.

    • BigWill

      June 1, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      @Joe- you’re a complete dumbazz and here’s why:

      Caucasian Casey Anderson gets away with killing ‘allegedly’ her daughter or at worse, hiding the corpse near her home and blaming everybody but herself. Caucasian Jody Arias gets life in prison- eligible for parole , but not the death penalty for the brutal death of her ex-boyfriend, Travis. He suffered no less than 27 stab wounds. But this black woman gets life in prison for selling crack. This is a dog gone shame.

      The phrase- innocent until proven guilty only applies to Caucasian people that’s because most likely the judge is a white racist, prosecutor a white racist and the media controlled Caucasians on the jury are white racist. Caucasians are allowed to break the law left and right with minimal consequence while this racist Amerikkka expect non whites to be perfect and never make a mistake or face maximum punishment.

    • Samantha

      June 10, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Thank you Joe, If she had not got involved in the Drugs she would be home with her Child. She’s not innocent. Too bad she got a crazy sentence but she did this to herself. Had she been innocent I would not feel this way.

  4. Carla

    May 31, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    She has kids and she was distributing crack cocaine??? She should stay in Jail!!! BARACK OBAMA!!! DON’T SIGN HER OUT!!!! LET HER ROT IN JAIL!!!!! SHAME ON HER!!!! SHE NEEDS TO LEARN HER LESSON!!!!

    • Lee

      June 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      You are ignorant, simplistic and not worth intelligent discussion.

    • What do you know

      June 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      Read with comprehension, that means with understanding if you know what that means. CONSPIRACY IS NOT THE SAME THING AS SELLING.

      • Samantha

        June 10, 2013 at 11:22 am

        Same damn thing. She was a participant whether keeping it in her house or selling. She was involved.

    • Lee

      June 2, 2013 at 1:57 am

      Obama has made his mistakes with drugs–cocaine at that. He should be the most understanding person involved in this case. He broke the law possessing controlled substances he had to have bought from a drug dealer. He should be understanding that he could have been in her position. Give her a second chance, Obama: You could have easily been in her shoes.

    • olivia pope

      June 4, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Go back to your trailer.

  5. Carla

    May 31, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Black, white yellow, red bone!!!! It doesn’t matter where your from or what the hell color you are!!! Blacks always play that ” I’M BLACK CARD” Slavery ended a longtime ago people!!! You screw up, you go to jail!!!! Justice for the children that she screwed over!!! She needs to stay in Jail!!!!

    • paul

      May 31, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Carla you are an idiot, the punishment should fit the crime and her punishment does not fit her crime and thats if she even did it , the case was weak , so there is still the possibility that she did nothing wrong, and yes race has a lot to do with it , do some research dummy and stop spreading your ignorance , black people receive more time for the same crimes as white people , especially in texas, this woman has paid her debt to society ten fold , there are people who get less time for murder than what she got. Carla i hope your racist butt gets sent to jail for some minor crime and you get to see how the system really works.

      • Samantha

        June 10, 2013 at 11:26 am

        No Paul your the idiot. I don’t give a dime if she’s white or black she plead guilty to the crime so she is doing to time. I watched the neighborhood where I grew up destroyed by drug dealers that sold drug, molested little girls that Mothers sold to them for drugs. Took over elderly people home and used them as a drug den. Screw you. I’m not racist I’m tired. There’s nothing minor about drugs. I’m not arguing that Murders may get less time but time is time. If she had been a man you would not have cared. There are people serving time that never dealt with drugs they should be the first released.

    • CJ

      June 1, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      @Carla Just to set the record straight sweetie… If you have more than a few ounces on you and they are allstill in the bag, they will charge you with the intent to sell when in fact she could of just had the bags to use for herself. That’s numerero UNO… Secondly, when people start pulling out the race card there is a legitimate argument, but only people with common sense can understand that argument, which seems like you don’t have much of any. Every year thousands of methamphetamine labs are raided and confiscated and most of the culprits are Caucasians, none of them receive life in prison without chance of parole even though these labs are designed for mass production and you will always find these labs located in Texas and Oklahoma. When I worked for the Department for Human Services, these children whose parents were on methamphetamines were subject to te worse abuse ever. Clearly I posted this not for you to understand but to make a point. Because getting you to understand this is probably going to be more difficult for you than for the entire judicial system of Texas to change. So to put things in its proper context, people who are ignorant and are imbeciles and nothing less, can not and will not understand how this whole ordeal is unfair because they do not have the brain functionality to do so!

    • JB

      June 1, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      You insensitive and clueless bitch. You act like this is the most diabolical offense when they are murderers, rapists and kidnappers that are given a second chance at life. Not very often but it does happen. Back to the main discussion. How may you be so judgmental of somebody when you do not even know their circumstances? I wondered if it was your daughter would you wish a life sentence upon her.

      • Samantha

        June 10, 2013 at 11:28 am

        If she had been my daughter I would have stomped her behind before she got to that place. She’s insensitive because she don’t agree with you? I lived the the Edmonds drug dynasty the killing the crack babies. Cry me a River.

    • What do you know

      June 1, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      If slavery had ended as you say, you wouldn’t be the jackass that you are. Race matters. The sooner you learn that and deal with it as the crime that it is the better it will be for everyone, you soon to be minority and scared senseless.

    • Barbara

      June 1, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      Carla, You have a sick way of viewing things. You have an unreasonable way of judging people, and you are now showing the early stages of dementia and Alzheimer disease. Listen carefully, remember Charles Manson, well he is in prison for life with the possibility of parole. He killed people and had one of his followers to cut the baby right out of Sharon Tates stomach. This young lady killed no one…..where is justice found in locking her up for life? Why do you judge so harshly?

      • BigWill

        June 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm

        @Barbara- trying to reason with these rebel flag waving, Hitler worshipping, albino caucasians is a complete waste of time.

        • Samantha

          June 10, 2013 at 11:31 am

          I’m a Liberal

      • Samantha

        June 10, 2013 at 11:30 am

        Barbara the sick ones are you and the cry babies that have sympathy for this woman. How about her victims. The little babies that were born hooked on this crap. I have NO sympathy for anyone that deal drugs.

    • Danii

      June 1, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      Ignorant!

    • sheyah

      June 2, 2013 at 7:20 am

      RIGHT ON TYEAKIA. @CARLA SHUT THE FU.. UP. SLAVERY IS NOT OVER BUT I WILL SAY THIS MR. AND MRS. WHITEY GAMES ARE OVER.

  6. Thelma Williams

    May 31, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Unjust sentencing for the crime committed.Free this woman and review everyone’s sentencing that is in jail or prison now. it must feel good to play God in someone’s life. Where does review for how judges perform their jobs come in?There are too many cases where the time does not fit the crime.It is easy to speak when you are not directly involved.Mercy as you would wish for mercy if it was you.There is a book that says if you are guilty of one sin you are guilty of all.Judging really was reserved for the Supreme ruler of all not man.Life and life without parole for crack selling? really any one can see that is wrong.There are killers that get paroled, rapist,child molesters, and white collars criminals that go unpunished.Our society has broken down a long time ago.When judges are found abusing their positions they should be removed and given the sentence that they sought to impose on someone else.I’m sure that would cause them to reflect before pounding their gavels on such an unjust sentence.

  7. Reese

    May 31, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Carla go kill your self

  8. Tish Hearn

    June 1, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Where is the petition link? This needs to be circulated daily!

    • HiC486

      June 3, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      It’s in the second paragraph of the article.

  9. Thomas Washington

    June 1, 2013 at 8:15 am

    We should take a look at how the European countries treat their deal with crime….Many of those countries such as Sweden are much more humane and fair to all of their citizens…..

  10. King Haad

    June 1, 2013 at 8:30 am

    No comment

  11. Deborah Cuomo

    June 1, 2013 at 8:45 am

    This poor woman has already paid her with 13 years of her life. There are real criminals that could take her place. Set her free! She’s has paid and then some.

  12. Reba Hightower

    June 1, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Justice for this young lady real soon.

  13. Alan Weberman

    June 1, 2013 at 9:58 am

    This is crazy. Murderers get less time. Now this really is racism

  14. Ray

    June 1, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Why sure it’s racist! Just like Carla is a obvious racist. Now imagine her and people like her working in the Justice system. Blacks would do every single moment they could give us, and whites would go free on much worse offensive charges. I don’t know why blacks continue to rush stays like Texas. Anyway this is a example of the United States of America we live in.

    • Samantha

      June 10, 2013 at 11:35 am

      Racist??? Please she knew her black behind was in Texas and if she was stupid enough to get caught dealing drugs that’s on her. Black folks need to stop making excuses for our shit. She put herself in the hands of Whitey as you can say. No one put a gun to her head and made her bring dealers in her home, sell or whatever she did. She came along in the 80’s like I was. When the crack was awful. She played a game of Russian rullet and got popped. What’s ignorant is the fact that your think I should care more about her than I do the people she sold that sh!t to.

  15. ciara

    June 1, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I feel really bad for her ppl do way,worst shit and get less time
    ir they crime free her

  16. corbin56

    June 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    13 years?? Girl, bye.

    • HUE

      December 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      IF you believe this to b UNjust, SIGN THE DAmn petition. Quit arguing with these fools that DONT see the complete BIAS N unJUST naturE of the criminal justice system. AND FOrget about all the prayers, You will also not reCEIVE ANY HELP from GOD

  17. Tawanza

    June 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Carla please stop leaving comments because u sound very ignorant nobody deserves a life sentence for crack cocaine I mean are u serious I could see if she committed a mass murder but she has paid her dues to society it’s people like u & your comments that set society back u want her to pay wit her life u Carla whoever u may be sweety u need Jesus!!!! I’m a working mom & have never been to jail & as hard as times are I have even said it would be easier to sell drugs cause life can throw u some unexpected curve balls so I do not condemn this sister I pray for justice that she be released & that president Obama does the right thing by this family & Carla again please shut up

  18. Rev. George Brooks

    June 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Where has the media been hiding with regards to this case? And if you are counting on President Obama to get her released, you had bettter try and fool him into believing that she is a white woman, instead of black. We blacks are in serious trouble because we do not have any black leaders worth anything anymore. Hardly no local leaders in all of the cities and states, and only Al Sharpton on he national level, who is too busy on his TV show, making money and serving as a flunky for the Jews controlling President Obama. Which leaves Jesse Jackson, who is old and has naturally slowed down tremendously, and Ben Jealous of the NAACP, who is half white, and simply not a strong black leader like those of the past, and needs to be replaced. But this black woman has no business still being in prison for such a crime, when all of these monsters that do this and even worst crimes get out with far less sentences. So let’s all call on our Congresspersons to get involved in this case, and let’s also sign a petition. — Rev. George Brooks

  19. Txlwman

    June 1, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Very unjust —

  20. Donnell

    June 1, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Where is Obama with his good talking ass. He could end this today with his signature but he won’t cause he is fake.

  21. Erin

    June 1, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Carla…..as a white woman, you have offended me. It’s racist f***tards like you who make black people pull the race card. If you would shut the f*** up and stop sounding so damn ignorant, they wouldn’t need to pull the card. You know damn well if you or I got caught selling crack, we’d be out of jail within a year. Take the swastika out of your ass and open your eyes.

    • BigWill

      June 2, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      @Erin- your honesty is refreshing.

  22. gunzNrosez

    June 1, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    smh. Pedophiles doesn’t receive this amount of time.

  23. antoinette sims

    June 1, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    God is in control she will be freed

  24. antoinette sims

    June 1, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    This is no kind of Justus she has served her time and more.

  25. Marsha Flaggs

    June 1, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    There was no link to the signing page.

  26. Eric Matterson

    June 2, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Barack Obama should commute her sentence.

  27. Ann G.

    June 2, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    All I can say is “WOW” you mean to tell me the White B’s can kill their own flesh and blood here in the state that I live in and get 3-4 years or probation but this young lady gets life w/o parole for selling crack. What a screwed justice system we have! This system here in the good old USA is run by and for White folks only.

  28. Rick N

    June 2, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    How much drugs were involved? The law student says that she was distributing “large quantities of cocaine”…which means that she was the low man or woman in the system.

    I’m just saying cocaine trafficking, at large quantities, is no joke.

  29. Rick N

    June 2, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    CORRECTION: She was NOT the low man (or woman) in the system. She was a player probably making six figures on a monthly basis. My mom was an addict/dealer in FL and she did this, along with sorry dad, when I was living in the house. Dad, unmarried to my mom, did not live in the house because I would have dead as a teen.

    So, I’m saying before you folks judge the legal system, I can tell you that my mom (the addict) and my dad (the heroin dealer) did significant physical, mental and financial damage to folks in South Florida. If this woman was a player in the drug game and got life, it might be justified. I know that everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon to free her, but, unless you see the actual charges dealing with quantities and number of attempts, folks are really responding blindly.

    The law student also said that this is a Federal crime, not related to the laws and jurisdiction of the state of Texas.

    I’m a 52 year old black male.

    • Brittany Byrd

      June 2, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      Rick thanks for your comment. I am Sharanda’s attorney (not a law student anymore – in the interview I said I came across Sharanda’s case during law school in 2009). I said Sharanda was CONVICTED of transporting large quantities of cocaine. I made a point to say “convicted” because I do not agree with the quantities attributed to Sharanda. Your comment makes it seem that I am saying with certainty that this was the case but that was not the intent so I want to clarify. Sharanda’s conviction was based primarily on co-conspirator testimony, who all received sentences ranging from 5-19 years, in exchange for their testimony. The 19 year sentence went to a man that testified he was Sharanda’s drug supplier. She was never found in possession of any drugs and no physical evidence of such was presented at her trial. Her charge is conspiracy. While I am not arguing guilt or innocence, I believe the co-conspirator testimony that helped to convict Sharanda was grossly exaggerated so that they could receive less time. She was not a king pin (the supplier who received 19 years was not even a king pin) and was not making six figures or any where near it. At the time of her arrest, she had $250 to her name.

      Sharanda accepts responsibility for her actions and knows what she did was wrong. Drugs are without a doubt a terrible societal problem but life without parole is the second most severe penalty permitted by law in America and should not be imposed on a first time non-violent offender. Sharanda has paid dearly over the past 13 years for her actions.

      I respect your opinion. My mother was also a drug addict. I thank God that she has been clean and sober for several years. I watched as one drug dealer in my town was locked up and another took his place so I know that locking drug dealers up for the rest of their natural lives for their first ever conviction is not the answer. My focus and prayers were instead on helping my mother win her battle with addiction because I knew that then no matter how many drug dealers were on the corner she wouldn’t bat an eye at them. I am glad that God answers prayers.

      Please understand that I do not condone anyone selling drugs and I understand first hand the devastation drugs cause on the community, addicts and families of addicts. Drug dealers should be punished but I believe they should be punished FAIRLY. Sharanda dying in prison for her first conviction (first arrest even I might add) for a mistake she made in her early 30s is not fair.

    • BigWill

      June 2, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      @Rick N- rick says “I’m a 53 year old black male” yea right!!

  30. Devon

    June 2, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I grew up in Newark NJ. I saw firsthand how crack nearly destroyed my community and black communities across this nation. The crack, guns and gangs made living there a nightmare. The happiest day of my life was when I left to attend college in another state and eventually put down roots there. I don’t understand how so many of you can support this woman, when she was a willing participant and contributor to a problem that the black community is STILL feeling the effects of, today. I won’t be signing the petition. She can rot in prison and in hell for all I care.

  31. Brittany Byrd

    June 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Devon, you are entitled to your opinion but since you don’t care then why even comment? You took precious time out of your day that could have been devoted to something you do care about. Sharanda has a daughter who loves her mother dearly and reads these hateful comments but I guess you don’t care about that either.

    • Devon

      June 2, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      Last time I checked this is a public forum. Just because I have a different opinion, doesn’t mean I can’t express it. This is political correctness to the extreme. Sharanda should have thought about her daughter before she landed in prison. Again, she is part of the reason why so many of my peoples’ communities are in shambles. Some have begun the slow process of recovery, many have not. Sharanda is where she belongs. I hope that others learn from her conscious choice (I refuse to call what she did a mistake, it wasn’t) and learn from it.

  32. Devon

    June 2, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    So in essence, people are more concerned over this woman than they are the devastation people like her cause our people and our communities…got it!

    I on the other hand are more concerned for the people who have and are victims of people like Sharanda, black destroying black. No more, no less. And you all side with the destroyers. No wonder we are in the state we’re in as a people, we don’t hold those who are a blight on and a a danger to the community accountable. Unbelievable.

  33. Brittany Byrd

    June 2, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Your point is taken very clearly since you have spent more precious time of your life commenting again on a case you care nothing about. You are absolutely right that you are entitled to express your opinion. Although I do not agree with you, I totally respect your opinion. And out of respect for Sharanda’s daughter, I will not be commenting again. Best wishes Devon. Good night.

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    June 3, 2013 at 6:08 am

    I am amazed at the sentence. Seriously unfair. The crack laws were meant to curb the sale of crack by street gangs. As crack is WAY more addictive than other forms of Cocaine. So I am all for the woman getting out of prison. The legal system is so flawed. Judges are corrupt, or at the very least bias, not impartial. Also, sometimes the good ones get stuck during the penalty phase as they cannot stray from the guidelines which in some cases (Rockefeller laws) mandate sentencing. After saying all of that, I sit amazed at the racism and hatred that spews from both Black and White hate. Of course this is the internet.

  35. HiC486

    June 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    After everyone has posted their comment, the next step is to sign the petition in support of her release. The next thing to do is to continue praying for her. Only God can change a hardened heart. I’ve seen it happen many times. May God’s divine will be done in this sad and unfortunate situation.

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    June 3, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I hope anyone impacted by her involvement in any way shape or form are still alive and hopefully in recovery. Should this woman get out of prison, I hope she will give back to the community in which she played a part in hurting other families and children impacted (perhaps for life) by the drugs she helped put on the street. With that said, I feel she owes more to the community in which she lived and it can be best served by doing community service in areas affected by drug abuse.

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    June 3, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    You who believe! Be upholders of justice, bearing witness for Allah alone, even against yourselves or your parents and relatives. Whether they are rich or poor, Allah is well able to look after them. Do not follow your own desires and deviate from the truth. If you twist or turn away, Allah is aware of what you do. (Surat an-Nisa’, 135)Let all remember that we need Justice and we all came from the same source…..God

  38. Bruce Barnes

    June 3, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Hell I live in this hell-hole, Texas truly IS a whole other planet. Here they don’t even try to hide their RACISM!!! That said, there are a lot of GREAT people here. I see Unjust judges handing out Injustices daily… It’s going to require ALL of us to come 2GETHER and Stop this madness. YES I’m signing the petition, but Please don’t stop there. This should be the start!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. shades_co

    June 3, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    There is a saying judge not or least ye be judged I believe is how it goes in other words who are we as individuals to judge one another when that is Gods Job to be the one to judge for all of us. a lot of times back then people can be sentenced with out knowing all the facts first or a fame up as most might say I would look at the activities of the people involved in the case at the time it happened 13 years ago. Could there have been some foul play perhaps or not all the facts presented who knows. Only God and the people involved know whats really happened back then. Should be interesting to hear what happens or to read about it.

    • Samantha

      June 10, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Here we go. She plead guilty enough said. I’m not judging. I’m not signing a petition either.

  40. Fatima

    June 4, 2013 at 1:27 am

    President Reagan and Bush Sr. Supported Contra with the CIA as the Muscle.Im going to help in anyway I can.The feds cooked this genocide in a lab because they didn’t have the success from Vietnam Bay of pigs. The heroin didn’t break the black family apart. They didn’t know the woman held her family together. The mad scientist went in the lab now we got something that turn a mother and daughter into fiends.The rest is.history.

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      June 10, 2013 at 11:42 am

      So what your saying it’s everyone fault but Black folks. We use everything they put on the market. We sell to each other everything they put on the Market.

  41. fen1

    June 8, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you Mrs. Brittnay B, the example you gave, hit’s the nail right on the head. Distributing drugs should not be condoned in no way, but like said(HER FIRST ARREST EVER),her time was served a long time ago,& if many still think it wasn’t, Life behind bars is way to harsh. Paul I totally agree with you, I WISH dumb a** Joe & Carla, could get sent away for life, for the 1st mistake they make. They act as though they are saint’s & do no wrong. Big will your right, reasoning with these numbskull’s is a complete waste time.

    • Samantha

      June 10, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Come on her first arrest but how long had she been involved. How many crack babies were born due to her trifling decision? Then they put a good girl picture of her up to get sympathy. How about put the pictures up of the babies, and the neighborhood they help destroy with that garbage. I don’t need to be a saint to know that selling drugs to your people is wrong. Whatever i’ve done wrong it has been to myself not to people so addicted they can’t make a rational decision. Then there comes along Predators( dealers) that feed off those addictions for their own financial gratification. Piss off with that.

  42. kisha

    June 11, 2013 at 11:18 am

    carla and bones we can tell your bigets and white, let it happen to your family then see how you feel. instead of jail, try drug treatment programs.

  43. Darwin

    June 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Did Carla and Samantha read what the attorney said. Everyone testified against her to lower their semtences. Why? They had more to lose. Guaranteed they have been charged before for some type of crime. Not defending what she did but life without parole? Dam! Some of these comments shows that some of you have issues that your not stating. COMMON SENSE!

  44. mika

    June 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I’m appalled at some of the comments i just read! Actually feeling that the rest of her life in prison. Is justifiable! You are the reason for unjust treatment in America! People with the same mindsets as you all,throw people away as if their life has no value! One stated her concern regarding crack babies being born! But im sure that she didn’t put guns to their heads to make them do the drugs. It was the choice of the mother to do drugs! If there were no addictions then it wouldn’t be any drug dealers! Cigarettes are legal and destroying the lives of people daily! I hear no demands to lock up these people to be held responsible for the deaths it’s causing! Most people are so visually impared ! Their eyes can’t see correctly!! No one Caucasian does life for drugs! They do commit crimes to. Its never unjust treatment when there convicted! Most of your politicians are guilty of these same crimes. But jail time is rarely involved,case and point the law is not the same for everyone! Wake up America!

  45. Dvious1

    December 13, 2013 at 12:13 am

    She committed the act, she deserved time. HOWEVER, life for a first time offense is NOT right. Matters not that she is black, what matters is fair application of the law in the area in which she was charged. Can you find a precedent for her sentence? I would bet NOT!!! She was unfairly made an example of. as I said earlier, she deserved to serve time, but LIFE???? That is some BULLSHIT!!! 13 years, regardless of her external hardships, is long enough for a first offense.

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    December 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Free this woman, she has more than paid her debt to society

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