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Thousands Sign Petition to Free Jailed Mom Sentenced to 12 Years for Selling $31 in Drugs

Mom of four must serve eight years in prison for selling $31 of marijuana.

An Oklahoma mom of four who was sentenced to 12 years in prison for selling $31 of marijuana in late 2009 and early 2010 has had the hefty sentence reduced to only 8 years last week. Over 30,000 people have signed a human rights petition to demand that Patricia Spottedcrow receive probation and be freed from prison so that she can get back with her family. 

The original sentence was given by the now-retired Associate District Judge Susie Pritchett. Spottedcrow’s sale of the drugs while children were in the home was cited as a factor in the sentence, but does this punishment really fit the crime?

“I’m astounded that the judge would make this decision,” Garret Overstreet, a Tulsa resident who started the campaign on Change.org said in a press release issued today. “Patricia is in jail with people convicted of crimes like manslaughter who are serving much less time than she is for selling a small amount of marijuana in order to feed her kids.”

Spottedcrow is currently awaiting parole in 2014.

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