35 Years Of Hard Labor For $20 Worth Of Weed: Unraveling The Kevin Allen Case In Louisiana

By Javier Hasse, Benzinga on June 29, 2023

In the realm of American justice, there are cases that evoke despair and cases that evoke disbelief. Kevin Allen’s story, unfortunately, manages to invoke both sentiments. Despite Louisiana’s progression towards leniency in non-violent cannabis offenses, Kevin’s pursuit of justice has hit another roadblock, revealing glaring inconsistencies in the state’s judicial system.

Kevin Allen, a man whose only offense was selling $20 worth of cannabis to an undercover agent, has once again been let down by the judicial system he trusted to serve justice. On May 31st, his hopes were dashed when he was resentenced to 35 years of hard labor.

A non-violent offender, Kevin was initially sentenced to 10 years of hard labor in 2014. However, the state invoked habitual offender laws due to his previous non-violent drug charges, leading to his resentencing to life in prison without any possibility of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

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