My father transported Meth to pay for my life saving surgery and received 3 life sentences w/o parole - AMA
Hi, My name is Joseph Cole Jackson and my Dad is Dicky Joe Jackson, a non-violent drug offender serving 3 life sentences. I was born with Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome and to pay for my life saving surgeries, my Dad transported Meth for a guy and was eventually busted. You can read his full story here:
We are really excited because he was recently in an ACLU report that was about prisoners serving life sentences that were for non-violent crimes. We are hoping the visibility will help with a possible commutation of his sentence.
My Dad's story is on page 79 at the bottom and his picture/quote is also on page 3.
Here is the report: https://www.aclu.org/files/assets/111213a-lwop-complete-report.pdf
He was also featured in a New York Times and Salon article:
I am more than happy to answer any and all questions that you have. If your questions are overly negative, I will try my best to change your mind :)
EDIT: Wow, didn't realize this many people would be comment so quickly! I am trying my best to keep up and will try to answer everyone's questions. Thanks for commenting!
EDIT 2: Here is a link to the ACLU petition asking for President Obama to review these cases:
EDIT 3: I have been trying to keep up and I realize a lot of people are saying that I am somehow misrepresenting my dad or saying things that are not true and I just wanted to say I am sorry if I mixed anything up and that I am giving you the information that has been giving to me from the court documents and the various other documents that my family has. I will try to post these documents in the coming days to try to clear some stuff up. Here is a (slightly revised and extended) reply I posted to someone concerning the insurance situation and also all of this information is available in the links provided, i was never trying to "hide" anything:
"I am sorry if you feel I have "misrepresented" anything as I have been trying answer all questions accurately and promptly with the information I have. Please reply with what you feel I misrepresented and I can try to answer it directly to you as opposed to you getting information to one question from 5 different comments as I feel like that can lead to things being taken out of context... I won't lie, I was 2 years old when this all went down with the insurance company and I know my mom has a letter from the company somewhere saying that they cancelled our policy. If I can find it I will post it but I can't promise anything because it has been a very long time and my mom doesn't exactly like dredging up stuff from back then. Again my apologies to anyone that thinks I was trying to falsely make my dad out to be someone he isn't. He broke the law, he transported meth, and probably hurt a lot of people indirectly by doing those actions. Was he a meth dealer? No. Did he take some from a shipment and sell it to a childhood friend who was wearing a wire and made up a sob story to get himself out of a sticky situation. Yes. So just to clarify technically yes my dad distributed meth on one occasion that I know of and the only one ever mentioned in all of the court documents we have but it was not an ongoing thing as far as I know or as far as the court was concerned. Just wanted to clarify for people because I know there have been a lot of comments saying that I am lying and honestly if you read some of my posts, you would know I have nothing to hide and I am not making my dad out to be a hero. He did what he thought was right by his family and although a lot of people having varying views on what his actions are to be seen as, I have never said this was a victimless crime or that he didn't deserve some jail time for his actions. I love my father dearly but he did do something horrible in order to save me so he did deserve to be incarcerated, I just don't feel like it should be a life sentence and that 19 years away from society, your family and freedom is sufficient payment for his crimes. -- Thanks for your post." ---- If anyone has any questions that they would really like answered and aren't here just to post rude comments without proper context then please PM me and I will try to answer your questions. Thank you for reading my dad's story and thank you for signing the petition. It means a hell of a lot to me and my family.