Early Release For Calvin Bryant Jr. For Deal With DA
A man in Nashville, Tennessee who was serving a 17-year prison sentence for drug offenses has been released.
Attorney Daniel A. Horwitz has tweeted that his client, Calvin Bryant Jr., is ‘coming home’ after his conviction in 2009 for selling ecstasy to a police informant.
Bryant was arrested 10 years ago in 2008 near his home at the Edgehill Housing Projects and was later convicted of selling drugs. There were no weapons or force involved, and it was only his first offense.
The main force in the conviction was the fact that the place of his arrest was 1,000 feet away from a school, because of this he had extended time put on his sentence. An enhanced penalty ensured that he would be serving 17 years in prison, the same amount of time as convicted murderers on death row.
Several Nashville elected officials agreed that a 17-year sentence was too harsh for the first time non-violent drug offender, which led to his release from prison yesterday.
Bryant said that he knows better that to sell drugs and will be using his new found freedom to enroll at Tennessee State University and finish his degree, he will also be keeping up with his non-profit charity, ‘Positive Inner City Kids.’
Speaking about this charity and the importance that it has, Bryant said: “It helps to keep them away from gang violence, keeping them active in school and things.”
Advocates have said that his case further highlights the flaws in the law that are meant to protect children, but instead that these laws give non-violent offenders sentences that are longer than crimes such as murder.
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