Crazy justice in Alabama: 36 years in prison for stealing 50 bucks
A unroofing case of justice has been reassessed against 58-year-old Alvin Kennard. When the convict, at the age of 22, the court sentenced him to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, for stealing a little over fifty dollars, the defendant could not believe it.
It was 1984 and the judiciary was guided by extremely strict rules regarding criminals. So an overly zealous judge, having studied the history of previous Kennard offenses, came to the conclusion that this person is too dangerous for society and, according to the then legislation, sentenced to life imprisonment.
It was reported that this was Alvin Kennard's fourth crime.
To date, this law has already been amended, which allows judges to provide the possibility of release to those accused of criminal offenses, even after the fourth crime. Therefore, a review of the Kennard case led to his release in the coming days.
This case is one of hundreds of similar ones. It became known that about three hundred prisoners were detained without the possibility of reviewing their cases, just because they did not have lawyers.
Alabama prisons are reportedly the most cruel and dangerous places in the United States. According to known information, over the past year alone, more than 25 people have been killed in prisons, which is twice as many as in any other prison.
These results provoked officials to conduct multiple inspections of prisons, which included interviews with prisoners and verification of their cases. Actually, the result of one of these checks was the Alvin Kennard case.