After 32 years behind bars, America’s longest-serving non-violent hashish prisoner Richard DeLisi will be capable of spend the vacations along with his household as soon as once more, because of the Last Prisoner Project and its devoted authorized workforce.
“We participated in decarcerating someone who couldn’t deserve it more.”
– Chiara Juster, Lead Attorney on Delisi’s case.
Incarcerated on the age of 40 in 1988, Richard DeLisi started his 90-year jail sentence for marijuana trafficking on December fifth, 1989 in Florida’s South Bay Correctional Facility. Now 71, his December 2020 launch comes 18 months forward of schedule, after years of authorized battles fought by professional bono attorneys Chiara Juster, Elizabeth Buchanan, and Michael Minardi.
“Richard’s original sentence was horrifying back in 1989; it is even more horrifying today when the State of Florida licenses, regulates, and taxes the sales of unlimited quantities of medical cannabis.”
– Steve DeAngelo, Last Prisoner Project Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Harborside.
Upon listening to information of his clemency lastly being accredited, Richard DeLisi was overjoyed. “It feels amazingly wonderful to know that I will be home with my family and loved ones very soon. I am grateful to everyone who has been there and helped me along in these long years. I have missed so many important moments with them and I can’t wait to get out there and create precious memories with everyone. I am so thrilled that this dark chapter of my life is finally over.”
While the workforce is ecstatic Mr. Richard DeLisi will lastly be seeing his rightful freedom subsequent month, the actual loss is that of time; throughout his sentence, each of DeLisi’s dad and mom handed away, in addition to his son. “Richard can never be fully repaid for the decades that were stolen from him. The best way to honor him by making sure this never happens to anybody else,” mentioned DeAngelo.
Musician and Last Prisoner Project Advisory Board Member Damian Marley echoed DeAngelo’s ideas on time poetically. “It’s about time… literally… it’s all about time; time served… time spent away from family and loved ones… time that is gone forever… congratulations to Mr. DeLisi … it’s about time!”
But the work doesn’t cease there. Jim Belushi, Founder of Belushi’s Farm and Last Prisoner Project Advisory Board Member “Although in the courts this criminal injustice has been righted, his life has been stolen from him. Let’s return to their families and society all the other 40,000 lives that have been stolen and let them go.”
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