Under Tennessee's harsh drug-free school zone laws, Bryant received a 17-year sentence for a first-time drug offense.
Drug-Free School Zones
Calvin Bryant Got 17 Years In Prison Under Tennessee's Drug Laws. Now He's Asking The Governor For Clemency
"A toxic combination of harsh mandatory minimum sentencing, race, poverty and fatally arbitrary enforcement."
A Reason investigation found the zones covered wide swaths of cities and buried first-time offenders under huge sentences.