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Woman’s Boyfriend Hid Crack in her Attic: She Got Life in Prison without Parole


Woman’s Boyfriend Hid Crack in her Attic: She Got Life in Prison without Parole

If you don’t think that the War on Drugs has had a terrible impact on American families, you only need to look at the case of Stephanie George.  If your boyfriend is a dope dealer and he hides his crack in your attic without your knowledge, you would expect that the courts would understand.  But even though the judge in Stephanie’s case agreed that she had nothing to do with her boyfriend’s activities, he still took this mother of three away from her kids for the remainder of her natural life.  She was 27 years old at the time.

Even conservatives are starting to admit that mass incarceration is hurting America.  They are saying that it turns non-violent offenders into dangers to society, and it increases the number of criminals because 1 out of very 15 black children has a parent in the penitentiary.   Kids without parents aren’t exactly prepared to be model citizens when they grow up.   Oh, by the way – the War on Drugs hasn’t led to a decline in the amount of drugs imported into our country. 

Are Congress and the president going to address this matter anytime soon?    To give a very telling metric about the depth of the problem, consider this:  England has 41 people serving life sentences without parole.  The US has 41,000. 


Stephanie George and Judge Roger Vinson had quite different opinions about the lockbox seized by the police from her home in Pensacola. She insisted she had no idea that a former boyfriend had hidden it in her attic. Judge Vinson considered the lockbox, containing a half-kilogram of cocaine, to be evidence of her guilt.

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But the defendant and the judge fully agreed about the fairness of the sentence he imposed in federal court.

“Even though you have been involved in drugs and drug dealing,” Judge Vinson told Ms. George, “your role has basically been as a girlfriend and bag holder and money holder but not actively involved in the drug dealing, so certainly in my judgment it does not warrant a life sentence.”

Yet the judge had no other option on that morning 15 years ago. As her stunned family watched, Ms. George, then 27, who had never been accused of violence, was led from the courtroom to serve a sentence of life without parole.

“I remember my mom crying out and asking the Lord why,” said Ms. George, now 42, in an interview at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee. “Sometimes I still can’t believe myself it could happen in America.”

Her sentence reflected a revolution in public policy, often called mass incarceration, that appears increasingly dubious to both conservative and liberal social scientists. They point to evidence that mass incarceration is no longer a cost-effective way to make streets safer, and may even be promoting crime instead of suppressing it.


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  1. Dewey Boyd

    December 16, 2012 at 10:22 am

    It is all by design….. Tupac said they have the war on drugs so they can bother us…..Have ya’ll forgotten that it was this very government that I.introduced crack to our community through the CIA….Just ask the real Rick Ross.

  2. Derrick

    December 16, 2012 at 10:31 am

    These racist judges, prosecutors and lawyers are all in this thang together. When it comes to Black people, innocent or guilty, rich or poor, educated or uneducated the book is thrown at them!!!

    These racist judges and negroids know when they incarcerate a parent, the children, will 9 times out of 10 fail in life. This is done on purpose, so our society will continue to crumble. It’s amazing how a white boy, who shoots up, and KILL people at a movie theater, he only gets a life sentence, but this sister gets life on some bullshyt!!!

    As you can OBSERVE, you cannot Trust these racist judges…one minute they’re a beast; the next, they’re a puzzy cat. We are livin’ in the jim crow days, which NEVER went away. Racism is at an all time high, our children are being sent to jail from elementary schools, our women are now the fastest growing sex to be incarcerated, but negroids crying for these kids in CT.

    I’M DONE!

  3. blkgalusa

    December 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    This woman had to know she was living with a drug dealer..She had to have known and since it was her house, the judge took into consideration of how much it was and that it was at her property and most of all she’s Black.

  4. Terrbear

    December 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    She has to take responsibility for her actions, she knew what time it was. Ppl could have came into her home and killed her and her kids for the drugs, it’s not like it never happened…… I’ve been to prison, and I wasn’t crying fowl when I got my time…I did the crime so I did the time… Women just make better decisions and maybe the men may follow, we always do.

  5. Rasheed7

    December 16, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I want people to consider the story of this woman (stephanie george) and then contrast this story against the HSBC story where the bank just got caught laundering 60 TRILLION… TRILLION!!! in drug cartel money, & money from Al Qaeda.

    they can bust this woman for some cocaine in her attic, but they cannot seem to put these corporate criminals in jail for laundering 60 Trillion worth of drug and terrorist money?

    We already knew, but this once again re-enforces the plain fact that there is no justice around here. If you are a regular person (like 98% of us)? you get the book thrown at you with no mercy for crimes. But if you are banker and you happen to get caught laundering trillions of Al Qaeda dollars and drug money from across the globe? We cant afford to punish you because you are too important to the everyone to ever face any punishment…. SMFH

    one of these days enough people will get fed up, and when they do? this problem is going to get solved…

    • Nixak

      December 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Lesson number-1: Don’t fall in love w a dope-dealer, he may set you up to take the fall.
      Lesson number-2: Expect only ‘Just-Us’ from the US’ racist Criminalized {in}Justice System- which fuels the ‘New Jim-Crow’.
      Lesson number-3: Wall St Banksters that are so-called ‘Too Big to Fail’ are also considered ‘Too Big to Jail’- even when caught red-handed laundering Drug $$$- Big-Time.
      Lesson number 4: The so-called war on drugs was just another front on the on-going War on Black & Brown people.

  6. Ray

    December 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    People please watch Michelle Alexander “the new Jim crow in the age of color blindness.” From comments i see that most of you don’t see that racial disparities and politics play a part in this frivolous war on drugs. Judge Mathis said that it costed 50k of tax payers money to lock him up for six months but it took 24k of tax payers money to send him through school for 4 years at 6 k per year on grants. So what do this tell you? Why is certain areas being target’s? Whites do and sell more drugs that us so why are they no filling up these prisons? What about the unfair sentencing guidelines? The aclu conducted a study on this with the facts to support this.

  7. pam cook

    December 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    This is wrong- wrong…I’ve seen child murderers freed and a holder gets life no parole…she needs a layer that csn get this upturned. Horrible…

  8. ricardo

    December 17, 2012 at 5:51 am

    this still dont deserve life in prison,

  9. Lynetta Thompson

    December 17, 2012 at 11:20 am

    My prayer is that as Black Folks we understand that everyone makes mistakes and we should be given an opportunity to get it right as we get older and mature. A person should never be given a life sentence for a non violent or self inflicted offense. Many of us learned and realized our mistakes as we get older and now live very productive lives. Prison should be a place of reflections of your mistakes so you can start in a new direction. None of us are perfect and it’s only through God’s grace and mercy that we didn’t get caught in this chattel like criminal justice system that now provides cheap labor for companies through the industrial prison system

  10. Nedrea

    December 17, 2012 at 11:21 am

    As usual another stupid black male……smh……black women need to remember how criminal black males are and as a College Educated Black Irish Native American Woman, I refuse to date or marry a black male. So glad I dont care for men

  11. Erica

    December 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    The bottom line is know who you are with. She knew he was dealing yet she risked everything including her and her kids lives and freedom. Now she gets the consequences and people mad. Guilt by association is nothing new,she made a conscious choice. She enjoyed the benefits that came with that illegal money,so she will pay the price,it may be excessive but when you are a part of that game,you pay to play and sometimes you lose.

    • Nixak

      December 18, 2012 at 12:20 am

      The last sentence may in fact indicate she might be a lesbian.

  12. Icdatruth

    December 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Nedra, your choice of mate is your business but to come on here and blame all black males for the follies of a few negates the fact that you consider yourself educated. Btw, the article never mentioned the ethnicity of her boyfriend, as far as you know she could be dealing with a black Irish native American man

    • Nixak

      December 18, 2012 at 12:26 am

      The last sentence in Her last statement perhaps indicates she could be a lesbian.

      Note to Editor place my above comment @ Erica – here instead

  13. Lynda

    December 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    The Racketeering Law, big business having inmates do free labor from food to furniture by year 2025 there will be another 214 more prisons built, people better wake up quick, they are now charging us guilt by association. If I’m walking down the street with someone I just ran into, haven’t seen for years and they happen to have drugs on them, I could face 10 years or more getting picked up at the same time as that person and all I did was walk down the street, nothing to discuss this whole thing is about business and real soon these big incorporations are going to lay folks off, why pay an employee $15 to $30 an hour when I can pay an inmate 33cents an hour by contracting out with the prisons/jails. Again people better wake up soon both blacks and whites because at the end of the day the only color that really matter is green…that dollar, dollar bill

  14. eric

    December 17, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Nedrea and Erika its ignorant people like u the reason the world is like it is. Erika u an idiot,u don’t know what went on between her and that man. How u know he didn’t set her up? Even if she may have known he was a drug dealer you ignorant chic,no non violent crime deserves a life sentence..Nedrea don’t you know white people sale and do drugs much more than black people? Get your facts correct white people and latinos are the ones bringing the drugs into our country u idiots so why do you still prefer to marry them and date them?

  15. blacxkcobra@yahoo.com

    December 17, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Well from what I see there is not NOT a black man or woman signature on the Constitution of the United States, one race wrote the Constitution and when it was written African Americans wasn’t considered citizens, but just slaves so there is a loophole within the Constitution and also the men who signed it are dead and gone and a dead man can’t rule in this land of democracy…so I guess all nonwhite people have to what u call is CONSTITUTIONAL IMMUNITY!


  16. Cocobrown

    December 19, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Stuff like this really upsets me. Because clearly this women did not deserve a life sentence. And they didn’t even mention the boyfriend serving any time at all.

    Our system is made to be corrupted and it seems that no one has recognized it. I feel that the republicans are trying to stir up unnecessary controversy with unimportant items like rasing taxes on the top 2%, federal government programs and cutting incentives. This battle we have with our people, our men and the wrongfully accused serving time for something they didn’t do shows how racism still exists and is here with no sight of change.

    I read another story about a pregnant women who obtained a gun, which was registered to her and licensed, to scare off her abusive husband. He was beating her while she was carrying his child. Sources say she shot the gun up in the air as a warning shot, and she was sentenced to life in prison.

    Really!!!??? And the man has a history/record of domestic assualt and violence. But she has NO background at all. Again, Really!!!???? How people with NON VIOLENT crimes are being sentenced to 15 or more years. Where as child molesters get 2-4 years and are out on parole within 18 months.

    This world is absolutely crazy. And it’s unfortunate that we have to live in this era full of foolishness, unfair practices, racism, economic hardships, and corrupted justice system. Who do you turn to? Who can you trust?

  17. Thelma Wiliams

    May 12, 2013 at 2:48 am

    For those of you that sit in judgement of others may you forgive yourself.The God you have been looking for is within you.So to the children of the lesser gods,have compassion for others that made a poor decision that by the grace goes you or I.This poor woman is a victim of poorly written law(s) that in no way reflects the punishment fitting the crime.She should have been home so long ago.Life sentence without parole for having cocaine in her attic?Murders are released from prison, child rapists, Child molesters etc. This is a pure travesty of any kind of justice.I don’t know how this judge can sleep at night with this on his conscious.She needs a new trial immediately. We need a complete overhaul of our justice system.There are entirely too many people in prison. Imprisonment should not be the new national industry.America is getting to be a very scary place to live especially if you are a 14th amendment citizen.

  18. Peter D. Slaughter

    January 7, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Just wondering but how many black women are telling these so-called thugs,big ballers to get a life besides slanging dope and supposely pimping. How many lessons of abuse do we have to read about or sad stories do we keep hearing over and over.
    Are there any new positive lessons being showned in this new tv show that so many black’s are breaking their necks to tune into.
    Guys who do this type of stuff seem to not know their own slave plantation history. In quite a few cases it was a black woman that feeding a male run away slave after he been beat after being caught from running away.
    These days we have these sambo type dope dealers selling out black women every chance they get to save their own slave type behinds.

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