After three hung-jury mistrials, Aaron Lamont Johnson was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole for an Alabama crack-related homicide. At age 41, he has been locked up for 21 years. A paralegal, he fights incessantly for sentence relief. If he fails and survives to age 72, he could spend 50 years behind bars.
As the country reconsiders mass incarceration, prisoners like Johnson who were sentenced under highly politicized laws are overlooked. Yet . . .
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