Stories by Seth Ferranti

Seth Ferranti was released in 2014 after serving 21 years for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense. He blogs at and his latest book, Gorilla Convict, is a compilation of his writings about prison gangs, the mafia, hip-hop and hustling. His last piece for The Influence was “Meet Three Ex-Drug War Prisoners Doing Amazing Things With Their Lives.” You can follow him on Twitter: @SethFerranti. subscribe to Seth Ferranti's feed

Posted on: Feb 9, 2017, Source: The Fix

Steffany Frazier wants Congress to right one of the wrongs of the drug war by making the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act retroactive.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2015, Source: The Fix

He's been in prison since 1988 for a non-violent drug offense committed while he was still a juvenile. Hollywood interest may finally give him justice.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2015, Source: The Fix

It's traditionally been considered a white drug, but it looks like meth is overtaking crack and powder cocaine in LA's black neighborhoods.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2014, Source:

Failure to provide a urine sample for the halfway house within two hours would be considered the same as providing a dirty sample.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2013, Source: The Fix

At this point, America's notorious prison gang is more devoted to the drug trade than it is to its racist ideology.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2013, Source: The Fix

Why did the authorities turn on him? It started when he helped the feds investigate drug corruption in the Detroit Police Department.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2012, Source: The Fix

Addicted prisoners are waiting years for therapy

Posted on: Jun 11, 2012, Source: The Fix

Clarence Aaron is serving three life terms for a small-time college cocaine deal, another victim of heinous mandatory drug sentencing laws.