Holidays are extraordinarily difficult for DeLoice Lewis. Her son Quierza Lewis was sentenced to die behind bars for possession of crack cocaine when he was 25 years old. It was his third strike, triggering a mandatory sentence of life without parole.
DeLoice said that she has been so devastated by her son’s sentence that is has driven her to contemplate suicide. She said, “At one time, I say, I wish I could just drive into a river. And it would take it away, the hurt that I was having. The hurt that it was doing to me. I just wanted to drown at one time…I was really ready to commit suicide. That’s the only thing I could think of, ’cause I couldn’t help my child.”
Quierza, who dropped out of school after completing the eighth grade, is studying for his GED and has completed substance abuse, anger management, and Bible study courses in prison. He calls his family every other day, and says he is deeply pained by the prospect of never reuniting with them outside prison walls.
Ask President Obama to send people like Quierza #HomeForTheHolidays: https://www.aclu.org/life-without-parole?ms=oth_h4hlwop_131126_ytdesc