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May 28, 2020

Hello,

High praises to those responsible for this column. I would like to start by bringing awareness to the people in the free world. As much as I don't want to be or sound political, the sad truth is incarceration is 100 per cent political.

We as Africans or Jamaicans tend to refrain from exercising our right because of belief with or in politics. For example, people of colour fail to use the resources afforded to everyone under the Constitution. For years, lawmakers create and pass laws based on their own outlook, and a lot of minorities get caught up in these nets for decades, and we do not see that we have a voice to help fix this disease of fatherless homes or mass incarceration.

One hundred thousand signatures or a swipe click on your smartphone can get things started in the right direction. Understanding the meaning of 'reasonable doubt' is holding the Government to the standards of truthfulness, honesty and accountability.

Blacks are the minority but represent the majority in prison. The new Jim Crow? Yes, the 14th amendment people. If you live in the USA, read the Constitution and have a copy available for your kids. Stop mass imprisonment, have your rep push legislation for change in mandatory minimums, stacking of 924(c)'s. We have to care about ourselves, stop the slave mentality of 'leaving it in God hands'. Realise it is only us stuck in that mindset.

Jamaica will soon be celebrating a 58th Independence, correct? Well, if that's so, why do the courts still depend on the Crown for appeals? When are we going to come up with a system to begin to pay the World Bank its loan? When will the people hold the politicians accountable to build and teach the people for free?

LABELS

Many incarcerated are very intelligent human beings who got a raw deal. Some are guilty and some are not, but all are not what they have labelled us, "the worst of the worst". I, myself, would not be here without the creation of government witnesses, prepped to create an illusion of guilt.

Yes, I am not guilty but a jury chose to believe people who stated they were not there, and have a history of lying to federal judges. This experience helped me to learn many new things and ideas and I'm able to be free from this roadblock. I plan to be a staple in Jamaica's history, like Marcus Garvey.

I.D.

Good day,

My name is P.S. and presently I am incarcerated in the state of North Carolina in Elizabeth City Correctional Institute. The reason for my letter to you is to tell you how I am feeling now after receiving life without parole.

I don't have a family here at all and it's even harder. I am 53 years old and will turn 54 on July 27. I need the help of a good post-conviction lawyer, so I am reaching out in hopes of getting the help I need. I have the support of my mom, who is 72 years old, as well as other family members.

I am not asking for a freebie but rather a lawyer who understands my pain to help me get my conviction overturned. I have never had violent charges or convictions and I am a grandfather with three grown children. I have been divorced for 27 years. I appreciate those who will read this and hope you will reach out to me.

I am a born-again Christian so I put God first at all times and believe in my faith, and hope strongly. I want to wish everyone good health and strength. Keep your head up.

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