Criminal justice reform is greatly needed in this country. It is costing us both financially and in overall morale. And sentencing disparity and extreme sentencing are just two of the issues that examining. I am going to give you one of the worst examples of both sentencing disparity and extreme sentencing in this country, but it is not, by far, the only one. Let me introduce you to Lenny Singleton (shown in the profile pic).
Lenny committed 8 “grab & dash” robberies in a 7 day period while high on alcohol and crack cocaine to fund his addiction. He did NOT have a gun. He did NOT murder anyone. In fact, no one was even physically injured and not one person filed against him as a “victim.” He stole a total of less than $550 and these were his first felonies. He earned a college degree and served in our Navy before he allowed his addiction to destroy his life. What he needed was some help with his addiction.
What he got was 2 Life Sentences plus 100 years. The judge, without any explanation to Lenny or the courtroom as documented by his court transcripts, gave him more time than repeat violent offenders, rapists, child molesters, and murderers.
To illustrate his reformed nature, Lenny works everyday Mon. thru Fri., he lives in the Honor’s Dorm, takes every available class on self-improvement that is offered, and in his spare time, Lenny has co-authored and published a book to help others called “Love Conquers All.” During the entire 20+ years he has been in prison so far, he has not received a single infraction for anything — rare for lifers.
It will cost taxpayers well over a million dollars to keep Lenny for the rest of his life for stealing less than $550 in crimes where no one was physically injured. This makes absolutely no sense. Sentencing Disparity and extreme sentencing are very real issues that needs to be addressed in this country.
Please learn more and sign Lenny’s petition today at www.justice4lenny.org.