posted on Dec, 24 2004 @ 06:48 PM
On her website, marthatalks.com
, Martha Stewart has called for sentencing reform for first time offenders and
drug users in the wake of her legal team's recent conviction appeal. Martha joked about how bad the food is in prison and disclosed that her prison
job is cleaning. Although she'd "rather be cleaning her own house".
Martha Stewart lobbied, in a Christmas message posted on her Web site yesterday, for criminal sentencing reform and complained about the "bad food"
at the West Virginia prison where she is serving a five-month sentence for lying about a personal stock sale.
"When one is incarcerated with 1,200 other inmates, it is hard to be selfish at Christmas," Stewart wrote from the federal prison in Alderson, W. Va.
"I beseech you all to think about these women -- to encourage the American people to ask for reforms, both in sentencing guidelines, in length of
incarceration for nonviolent first-time offenders, and for those involved in drug-taking. They would be much better served in a true rehabilitation
center than in prison."
Stewart wrote that she has had a lot of time on her hands, "time to think, time to write, time to exercise, time to not eat the bad food, and time to
walk and contemplate the future."
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Even though I find it kind of hypocritical of a first time offender to call for sentencing reform after
their first offense and she probably
wouldn't care a bit about the sentences people receive if she hadn't been caught and convicted - I agree with her.
Our prison population is too large. Too many people go to jail for crimes that don't hurt anyone but themselves. In 2002 there were over 135 thousand
people in prison due to marijuana alone. That number most likely has only increased since then.