The failures of the nation’s justice system were highlighted this week after a judge resentenced a man—who’d been serving life in prison without a chance of parole for a $50.75 bakery robbery—to time served.
Alvin Kennard had already served over 35 years for the 1983 first degree robbery when Judge David Carpenter on Wednesday cut the life sentence short. Kennard is expected to be released in the coming days after processing by the Alabama Board of Corrections.
Author and CNN commentator Keith Boykin weighed in on the case and the disparate hands of justice, writing on Twitter Thursday, “Wealthy CEOs and business executives steal millions of dollars from the public and never go to jail.”
As Al.com reported,
While that “three strikes” law has been changed to allow a fourth time offender the possibility of parole, as ABC News reported, it had no retroactive effect on those already imprisoned under it. Kennard’s upcoming freedom is instead thanks to Carpenter noticing the case. Carla Crowder, Kennard’s attorney, told the news outlet, “This was a judge that kind of went out of his way.”
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The case drew the attention of acclaimed filmmaker Ava Duvernay, who said on Twitter Thursday: “Bless Alvin Kennard. Everyone in this country should be ashamed of the system we allow.”
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