Choices versus Consequences



Before I proceed, I want all that read this brief missive to know I took full responsibility for the crimes "I" committed, and I continue to take full responsibility. I was sentenced to 204 months in October 2015 for what's called ghost dope. In other words, they did not find any drugs in my possession. To all that don't know, for every probation or prison sentence you plead to that "can" carry over 1 year and a day, the feds can pick up your case. What I mean is if you have two charges that you already served your time on and then you are arrested again, the FEDS can make you a career criminal. Once this happens, the drug weight would only matter if it supersedes the career criminal sentencing guidelines (which averages 180 months/15 years). What I am saying is only if the punishment will be worse will the drug weight matter. So, you could have been arrested on a half gram of crack/cocaine, and still get 15 years or more, sometimes a life sentence.


After you serve your time try to get any old offenses expunged. Check with laws in your state about any retroactive changes that would also help you with this. It is important to get these charges off of your record. Lawyers are not going to tell you this. The FEDS have a point system that they use to determine how much time you will get. You get points for all past charges. Remember this is important. When you plead out and accept responsibility you can get anywhere from one to three levels off. For example, I'm a category VI (6), level 34. I got 3 points off so I dropped to level 31 so my guidelines are 188-235 months.


The FEDS have a high conviction rate for multiple reasons today. I'll explain two of the three best tools: Intimidation and cooperation. The majority of us cannot afford a private attorney, not that it really matters because very few really fight for you. When the courts provide you counsel the first visit the first thing they ask is "are you willing to cooperate?". They will explain how good of a plea they can get you if you turn states evidence. Once you disagree you see them transform right before your eyes into a prosecutor. He or she starts telling you how hard the prosecutor is on this or that, and not one time do they bring up things like suppressing any evidence to make sure no mistakes have been made.


If no motions are filed in six months, you'll be in federal prison with an asshole full of time. The judge will not say this on the record but because you didn't cooperate you paid for that when he/she sentenced you. Remember I told you that you can get from 1 to 3 points off max? If you cooperate you can get time served, 50% off it all depends on what you know. So that is why the FEDS conviction rate is so high. Their strongest tools are cooperation and intimidation. They have many more, but my opinion is that those are the strongest two.


Wednesday September 16, 2020, they locked the jail down because one of my fellow prisoners caught the corona virus to prevent it from spreading. To the outside world it appears that their concerned. To all of God's creation let me open your eyes to what happens when the jail goes on lockdown. We got a five minute shower Thursday and it's a strong possibility we won’t be able to get another shower until Monday. Hygiene becomes a privilege; 3 days a week is how they run showers under these circumstances. Everything I'm about to speak about is a privilege and I am only doing so to make a point. We are still able to spend our money on commissary; however, we are unable to use the hot water machine to drink hot tea, coffee or prepare our meals. We have to settle for the sink water. We have rechargeable radios and MP3 players but getting a charge is symbolic to making a half court jump shot, it’s possible but you'll miss the majority of the time. In the NBA it's very few players that shoot like that. That’s about how many officers have empathy for us and do the best they can to help. The reason for this is to put the world on notice. When this corona virus hit America soil swiftly, they took our visits to prevent this COVID-19 from spreading. However, officers/staff go home every day. Now the corona virus is here. How do you think that happened? Now I'm unable to speak to my loved ones via phone or email. There is not courteous call, nothing. Today is Saturday September 19, 2020, and nobody has come around and told us anything. We have no idea how long we going to be lockdown. So, at this point we are unable to let our loved ones know anything, except via snail mail. Is it safe to say this that we are being protected & punished for something a staff member or officer brought in? To all of my readers that may be breaking the law, why go through this when you don't' have to. If you are reading this, you’re out there 9 times out of 10. So, stop what you’re doing and you may be safe if you're not already caught up in a secret indictment. I put myself in this situation. Accountability. Learn from my mistake. I have 66 months in on a 204 month sentence. This can be you. The system doesn’t discriminate once you get caught in the web. Give yourself a chance it's many ways to make money beside breaking the law. Why go through this when you don't have to? The choice is yours. I feel like it’s a form of punishment the way we are being treated.”

-Hamzah

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