Greg Johnson -- #06354-030

18 Years -- Methamphetamine Conspiracy

Greg Johnson, prisoner of the drug war
This is my brother Greg along with our mother and myself. Greg is 40 years old and got sentenced to 18 years on a meth conspiracy charge. No drugs were found on his person, but Greg was charged on two separate indictments when this happened.

As hours turned to days and days seemed like months, this is when I went on the hunt. I wrote a letter to the Senior Judge concerning Greg's situation knowing the charges brought against him were out of his control. I respectfully asked the judge to take a look outside the courtroom on Greg's behalf and, in doing so he should have noticed that he is a worthwhile, productive citizen to society and a strong asset to his employer as a journeyman roofer. Greg had started the recovery process in piecing his life back together within the last year up until the time of his arrest. Due to false accusations made in Greg's past he is now looking at being in Federal prison for a long time.

While we have all made bad decisions in our life, putting a nonviolent person behind bars isn't going to assist him in furthering the recovery process he had begun. Our judicial system has been in a quandary for some time on what to do with people charged with drug crimes. It has been repeatedly proven that sentencing a person to prison because they have a chemical dependency problem doesn't further them down the right path in life. The government needs to find an alternative solution other than the conspiracy laws. The history of our society has also proven the only way for a person to continue the recovery process is to surround themselves with others who are in recovery.

I'm not asking to let my brother completely off the hook, but instead send him to an extended treatment program where there is professional help to assist him in furthering the positive recovery process he had begun. With a strict set of rules set out for him, even if it involves electronic monitoring through probation, this at least would allow him to responsibly work toward recovery. Instead, he is sent to an unproductive and unhealthy environment, to be released years later with little or no hope.