Too often, minor drug crimes turn into mandatory minimum offenses with lengthy sentences despite the fact these types of cases rarely involve drug dealing to minors.
Drug-Free School Zones
The zones cover vast swaths of Tennessee's cities—and turn minor drug crimes into sentences usually reserved for rape and murder.
Under Tennessee's harsh drug-free school zone laws, Bryant received a 17-year sentence for a first-time drug offense.
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.