Would Drug Prisoners Vote Obama? - Page 2

By Seth Ferranti 11/12/12

The War on Drugs imprisons millions of low-level offenders who (wrongly) believed the Obama Administration would help them. There's little reason for hope with a second term.


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In the past year or two, criticism of the Drug War has mounted after the DEA was exposed laundering drug profits, which Congress is still investigating, and killing civilians in Latin America. The CIA has also come under suspicion in the expanding scandals surrounding the U.S. government's involvement in drug and weapons trafficking. "Drug warriors have become quite aware of the polls showing Americans are sick of the drug war," Russ Belville, a long-time advocate of marijuana legalization says. "They are terrified that American people might start putting an end to the endless war that provides jobs for prison guards, extra-constitutional powers for police, and easy 'tough on crime' speeches for politicians."

It's all coming to a head. Countries south of the border want the drug war stopped, but as far as the politicians are concerned its a dead issue. No one will address it or even bring it up. It's a sad reality for our country. "I'm American, I love my country," a different prisoner says. "Yes I am in prison. Yes I broke the law and got caught, but I am serving 25 years for a first-time, non-violent offense. Does President Obama know what's going on? All I'm saying is, let the punishment fit the crime. This travesty masquerading as justice has been going on far too long."

Seth Ferranti is serving 25 years for drug trafficking. He's a columnist for The Fix. To learn more about prisoners, check out gorillaconvict.com. Seth's new book, Gorilla Convict, a compilation of his writing about prison gangs, the mafia, hip-hop and hustling, is now available. 

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After landing on the US Marshals Top-15 Most Wanted list and being sentenced to a 25 year sentence in federal prison for a first-time, nonviolent LSD offense, Seth built a writing and journalism career from his cell block. His raw portrayals of prison life and crack era gangsters graced the pages of Don DivaHoopshype and VICE. From prison he established Gorilla Convict, a true-crime publisher and website that documents the stories that the mainstream media can’t get with books like Prison Stories and Street Legends. His story has been covered by The Washington PostThe Washington Times, and Rolling Stone.

Since his release in 2015 he’s worked hard to launch GR1ND Studios, where true crime and comics clash. GR1ND Studios is bringing variety to the comic shelf by way of the American underground. These groundbreaking graphic novels tell the true story of prohibition-era mobsters, inner-city drug lords, and suburban drug dealers. Seth is currently working out of St. Louis, Missouri, writing for The FixVICEOZY, Daily Beast, and Penthouse and moving into the world of film. Check out his first short, Easter Bunny Assassin at sethferranti.com. You can find Seth on Linkedin or follow him on Twitter.