Elaine Bartlett of New York City, who was released from prison after being touted as a victim of the harsh Rockefeller drug laws, is in jail on charges of of helping her young lover avoid arrest on murder charges, reports the New York Daily news. Bartlett, 48, is accused of hiding boyfriend Deon Waterman, 23, in April after he allegedly shot and killed a rival drug dealer.
Last year, Bartlett was the focus of a highly praised book, “Life on the Outside” by Village Voice writer Jennifer Gonnerman. Since then, the two have toured the country, speaking about adjusting to a hostile world and a damaged, angry family. Bartlett attracted media attention five years ago after New York Gov. George Pataki agreed to cut four years from her sentence and grant clemency, saying she was a victim of the overly harsh mandatory sentencing provisions in the Rockefeller drug laws. She had served 16 years of a 20-to-life term for selling 4 ounces of cocaine to an undercover cop in Albany. It was her first arrest.