Haven't we all experienced that moment where one mistake that we think
is relatively harmless, balloons into something much more serious? While
most of us have experienced this feeling, and for some, this seemingly
innocuous choice becomes no longer controllable, only reaching an end
until the breaking point.
That is what happened in the story of a young man, Christopher B., who
was convicted at the age of 22 and was sentenced to 262 months for conspiracy
to possess with intent to distribute
methamphetamine and with possession with intent to distribute the drug.
The Snowball Effect
Christopher B. came from a wholesome, all-American family who took vacations
every summer and had been brought up in a stable and supportive family.
He became involved with the rave scene and become working as a promotor
for EDM (electronic dance music) artists who would tour the rave circuits.
During that time, he developed an addiction to drugs, stating he needed
at least a "quarter-gram" of meth a day in order to function.
He began fueling his habit further through sales of drugs.
Christopher had been charged with possession of drugs and other
drug crimes throughout his teen years, which affected his schooling, and eventually
led him to a term in juvenile detention. In 2005, police discovered over
500 grams of methamphetamine and money in his hotel room, shared between
him and a friend, which they had conspired to transport under the presumption
that the drugs would be sold.
Overcoming Addiction with Art
A prison sentence of over 21 years may have seemed harsh, but in the eyes
of the law, Christopher B. was considered a repeat offender, or a
habitual offender, which carried with it harsh punishments.
The penalties for a habitual offender of drug crimes can include:
- Felony level charges
- Steep fines
Charges made against a habitual offender are often more enhanced than a
first-time offender, offering one explanation for why his sentence seemed
harsh. This did not deter time in prison has given him larger perspective,
though. He is now converting his energies into trying to break the habit
that had blindly led him from one bad decision to the next, and is carrying
this out through this through art.
Not only has he been gaining skills in the various media: painting, drawing,
and creating tattoo ideas, he uses his art to transmit messages of positivity
and personal acclaim. He hopes one day to be able to help others through
his art once his sentence has been fully served. He is also hopeful that
the laws that punish habitual offenders under the career criminal statute
can be revisited and shorten the minimum imprisonment terms.
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