A drug dealer who had been granted clemency from a life sentence by former president Barack Obama, has landed herself back in prison.
Carol Denise Richardson had originally been given a life sentence after being convicted of conspiracy to possess 50 grams or more of crack cocaine with intent to distribute.
Richardson, one of a record number of drug dealers granted clemency under Obama, was released in July of 2016.
To nobody’s surprise, the soft-on-crime approach backfired, and Richardson was sent back to jail for theft and numerous other violations of her terms of release.
Less than a year after President Obama granted her clemency, a Texas woman is behind bars for violating probation pic.twitter.com/Vg5OBwiq0d
— Kevin W. (@kwilli1046) June 10, 2017
Via Fox News:
A Texas drug dealer is back in prison a year after she was granted clemency by President Obama.
Carol Denise Richardson, 49, was sentenced to 14 months in prison last week for violation the terms of her supervised release, according to the Department of Justice. Prosecutors say she committed five separate violations of those terms.
After a drug dealing conviction, Richardson, who had a lengthy rap sheet, was sentenced to life in prison in June 2006. But she was released from prison last July after Obama commuted her sentence. Obama granted clemency to 1,715 people — many of them drug offenders — during his eight years in office.
On July 28, she was a free woman.
But $60 worth of laundry detergent landed her back in jail in April. She was caught stealing the detergent in Pasadena, Calif. and planned to sell it to buy drugs, her attorney told the Houston Chronicle.
You can already tell where this is going right?
Liberals, who often downplay the seriousness of the actions taken by criminals, are going to latch onto that detail on the laundry detergent and say she is a victim of a faulty criminal justice system. A poor victim, forced into prison for the minor crime of stealing laundry detergent.
They won’t even recognize the fact that she was using it as a means to continue her drug use or distribution. They will ignore the other violations. After all, isn’t that exactly what Obama did when he granted these felons clemency?
When news of these numerous cases was first revealed, our colleague Thomas warned, “Criminals arrested for serious, felony crimes should serve their sentence in prison, instead of being out on the streets.”
He added that Obama and the Justice Department’s “weaker sentences and expanded clemency rules” had put “dozens of drug dealers” back on the streets, “making our communities more dangerous.”
For 14 months at least, Richardson will be off those streets and back in prison, where she should have remained in the first place.
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