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In Sentencing Reform Push, A Debate Over Process

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Given the recent momentum behind drug sentencing reform, the possibility that 51,000 federal prisoners will be eligible to apply for reduced sentences in November seems ever more likely, causing many in the legal community to wonder just how that‘s going to work.

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  • Dave Majkowski

    Rick Wershe is currently serving a life prison sentence in the Michigan Department of Corrections for a single drug possession conviction from January 1988. When he was arrested he was only 17 years old. Newly uncovered evidence proves he was led into the life of being a teenage drug dealer by the federal government. Rick was recruited by a narcotics task force made up by the FBI, DEA, and several Detroit Police Department detectives in 1984 as a 14 year old juvenile, encouraged to drop out of high school and eventually put to work as a paid undercover operative in some of the state‘s most dangerous criminal organizations for the next three years.
    Following his conviction, he was sentenced under Michigan‘s ultra-tough "650-Lifer Law", a law erased from the books in 1998, allowing him to be eligible for parole.In the three times before the parole board in the last decade, he‘s been rejected every time. As of 2012, he was the only minor sentenced under that law in the whole Michigan prison system that remains behind bars. He is also the only person in the country convicted as a minor for a non violent crime facing the prospect of serving a life sentence.
    In the 25 years Rick has been incarcerated, he has cooperated with law enforcement extensively. Prosecutors have said that without his help, the largest police corruption case in Detroit‘s history would not have been possible. Some of the people ending up being convicted included members of Coleman Young‘s family.
    Rick‘s situation doesn‘t feel right in many ways. This site will hopefully educate people who are unfamiliar with his situation , however isn‘t intended for "fans" to glamorize or endorse his behavior.
    Once a boy who made a mistake, Rick is now simply a man in his mid-40‘s in search of a second chance.

    http://www.thefix.com/content/story-white-boy-rick-richard-wershe-detroit-corruption70041?page=all

    http://www.gorillaconvict.com/2014/06/white-boy-rick/

    http://www.ticklethewire.com/2013/09/11/column-the-michigan-parole-boards-crime-against-white-boy-rick/

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    This is a letter from a retired Detroit police officer to the Michigan Parole Board in June, 2012. -> http://i1369.photobucket.com/albums/ag220/Dave_Majkowski/greene_zps6423a7e5.jpg

    This is a letter to the Michigan Parole Board from a former FBI agent who worked directly with Rick Wershe when he was working undercover for them and the Detroit Police Department. He is someone who knows the truth and is not afraid to speak up. -> http://i1369.photobucket.com/albums/ag220/Dave_Majkowski/gregg_zps8013fa8f.jpg

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