A Living Death: Faces of Those Sentenced to Life for Non-Violent Crimes

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  • Sharanda Purlette-Jones
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  • Paul Carter
  • Hershel Miles Jr.
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  • Michael Fitzgerald Wilson
  • Donald Allen
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  • Kenneth George Harvey Jr.
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  • Clarence Aaron

Paul Carter

At an early age, Paul Carter began using drugs and struggled with heroin addiction. He was sentenced to life in prison because a trace of heroin residue was found on him in 1998. The amount was so small, “it could not be weighed.” He was convicted under Louisiana’s three-strike law. He was charged with simple escape in 1987 and for possession of stolen property in 1991, crimes that were counted in deciding his sentence. (Photo: Courtesy of ACLU)

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