I’m Serena Nunn. At 19, I was arrested and later convicted of federal drug charges which included aiding and abetting the distribution of cocaine and conspiracy. I was sentenced to almost 16-years in the federal prison. Scroll to read more about how I received an early release and went on to become a criminal defense attorney.
I became one of many young women caught up in the war on drugs and was sentenced under unjust and biased mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for drug crimes. In 2000, after serving almost 11-years in federal prison, President Bill Clinton commuted my sentence. After my release, I received my undergraduate degree from Arizona State University. Then, I went on to earn my law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
After passing the bar in Georgia, I proudly worked as a public defender where I had an opportunity to give back and help clients get access to process the same way someone helped me. In 2016, President Barack Obama granted my pardon request. I am one of a very few people to ever receive both a presidential commutation and presidential pardon. Today, I use my story to inspire and advocate for criminal justice reform.
the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.
persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving
the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
Due process means that laws must be applied fairly and equally to all people and provide fair process, especially to a citizen accused of a crime.
Incarceration of women and girls has skyrocketed in recent decades, largely due to drug offenses and status offenses.
Fairness in the criminal justice system requires meaningful change from the inside-out and the restoral of rights for full inclusion as American citizens.
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