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Old 06-11-2017, 06:18 AM
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Unhappy Obama gave her a second chance at life, a year later, she threw it all away

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A Houston-area woman who was given a second chance at freedom by President Barack Obama in 2016 has been ordered to return to federal prison after violating the terms of her supervised release, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas said Thursday.

Texas City resident Carol Denise Richardson, 49, was originally convicted in 2006 for "conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine as well as two counts of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base." At the time, U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison sentenced her to life in federal prison, noting that she had an extensive criminal history.
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Wow. That must be one powerful addiction to throw away a true gift of being spared whole Life imprisonment, only to recidivate in the exact same manner that earned you a Life sentence in the first place.

I'd have more sympathy for her if she had only stolen to try to make ends meet, as they truly do just throw you out on your ass with very little support when you get out. But as she admitted herself: she only stole to buy more of the same old drug.
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no sympathy whatsoever... life's tough and not only for the addicted ones... tell me one person who doesn't face daily fights... one way or the other... no excuse...
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Mark Anthony Diaz, an attorney for Richardson, did not immediately return messages Saturday morning. Diaz told the Houston Chronicle that Richardson's theft was for $60 worth of laundry detergent that she was going to sell for drug money and that she cried at her hearing.
I'd be crying too, sweetheart. Damn. Just damn.

Just out of curiosity, how exactly does Federal SR work when you violate like that?

I guess when she got her sentence commuted by Obama, she "only" had 10 years of supervised release to do afterwards.

So is that the longest they can hold her for, for her violation? In which case, she may get a third chance to get back out and get her act together?

I presume, just like California and Ohio and other states, there is no way to just "top out" even your supervised release violation term by serving it in prison and be completely done with it and free and clear? In other words, when she does get back out, will that 10-year timer restart? Or will she get any credit for time served inside??

Mandatory supervised release does suck. I'm betting she wished Obama had just straight out pardoned her instead of commuting her instead. But then again, chances are, she would have still been going back, once she eventually got busted with the drugs she was going to buy anyway.
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I'd be crying too, sweetheart. Damn. Just damn.

Just out of curiosity, how exactly does Federal SR work when you violate like that?

I guess when she got her sentence commuted by Obama, she "only" had 10 years of supervised release to do afterwards.
Cannot speak to federal, but would not be surprised if it is akin to many States that stipulate that a conditional pardon or commutation that is pissed away reverts to the original sentence.

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Mandatory supervised release does suck. I'm betting she wished Obama had just straight out pardoned her instead of commuting her instead. But then again, chances are, she would have still been going back, once she eventually got busted with the drugs she was going to buy anyway.
Then she could be facing substantial STATE time. She has a prior felony theft conviction in Texas with the required two priors PLUS the drug offenses, which means that $60 in laundry detergent qualifies her for an invitation to the habitual offender rodeo (25 to 99 or life) if the DA and the Grand Jury were so inclined.
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Interesting tidbits from the chron.com article...

"The judge Thursday told Richardson he was disappointed that she had wasted a rare opportunity at freedom. He ordered her back to federal prison for 14 months, after which she will serve five years of supervised release."

also, as relates to treatment...

"Diaz said he asked the judge to assign her to mandatory drug rehabilitation. He questioned why Richardson had not been assigned to treatment while in prison, and Ellison said the Bureau of Prisons does not provide treatment to someone with a life sentence.

Ellison said he'd make rehab part of Richardson's release plan.

According to Diaz, Richardson had a strong family support system she relied on to stay clean during the first few months she was out, but once she relapsed into drug use, she failed to maintain contact with them."

The lack of treatment due to a life sentence is peculiar but understandable given the federal release practices. However, the 'strong family support' falling away is precisely why State parole entities often place little confidence in bundles of letters professing support.
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It reads like she was stealing to get money to buy more drugs for her own use? That's too common unfortunately. Ten years in prison apparently didn't change anything. Most prisons provide almost no treatment.

Life sentence for possession with intent to distribute. Judge notes she had an extensive criminal history as justification for life sentence. They don't specify in the story what that extensive criminal history was. A history of drug crimes primarily feeding her addiction or something more serious?

Ultimately it's on her and she's going back to prison because she is incapable of getting her addiction under control. She did not get and maintain help that is at least available outside prison. Agree with Nickel Timer, she threw it all away. What a waste.
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I'm sad ONLY premise on:

>she can't stop it seem.

>60 bucks worth of anything is not worth a day in prison/county jail let alone over a long year or YEARS.

Weak for sure,and this is again another story of what "drugs"and a "Weak soul" can do,when you're not a strong woman, man et.al., if you're a weakling sadly you are going to be tempted/fall 4 just about "anything"and it shall continue to undermine your present/future,your life.smh
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