A New Orleans man could face life imprisonment for stealing $31 worth of candy.
A 34-year old man Jacobia Grimes who allegedly stole $31 worth of candy has been charged under the state’s “habitual-offender law” and could face life imprisonment with his act.
Grimes who has a record of five theft convictions – all together less than $500, including stealing socks and trousers, appeared before the court last week when he pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say if he is found guilty he could be sentenced up to 20 years imprisonment even though he has spent 9 years in jail for his previous crimes.
The Times-Picayune reported that habitual offender law for Louisiana has been in session for almost 30 years. Unfortunately, all that this law does is putting citizens behind bars for a longer duration. Grimes case is an example of how the law bars civilians. Louisiana is now known to be the “world’s prison capital,” due to how civilians are jailed on a long term duration for little offenses.
“A majority of Louisiana inmates are housed in for-profit facilities, which must be supplied with a constant influx of human beings or a $182 million industry will go bankrupt,” The Times-Picayune reported.
Louisiana government and justice system earn money on black people by sending them to jail simply because they get dotations from White House. The severity of the offense is not taken into consideration. Is this better than slavery?! No!
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