Video: Mother Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for $31 Pot Sale Reflects on her First Year Behind Bars

In 2010, Patricia Spottedcrow, a mother of four from Oklahoma, was sentenced to an astounding 12 years in prison for a $31 pot sale. In October, a judge modified her sentence, reducing her jail time to what is still a stunning 8 years behind bars.  

Spottedcrow's attorney, Josh Welch, told KFOR, "Nobody understands why this woman is serving this long of a sentence for this type of crime. Look at other states; you can commit this same crime and it's not illegal. That's insane. She sold $30 of marijuana for gas money and food money for her family. It's stupid. It's wrong. But you don't go to prison for eight or 12 years for that. You shouldn't go to prison period."

AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne

Posted at December 27, 2011, 10:13am