Savannah, GA

Excessive Punishment

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Ricky Maurice Jivens, a non-violent drug trafficking offender, first entered the federal penitentiary at age 20. This year marks 30 years of incarceration. If Ricky knew that he would spend the rest of his life in prison, I don't think he would have pleaded guilty. Ricky was not aware that pleading guilty would come with a sentence of life without parole and he was told by his attorney that if he didn't plead guilty he would get the death penalty. Either way, the system buried him alive.

Ricky Jivens was accused of being responsible for the murder of two white people in Savannah, Georgia. On the opposing side, including the judge, pointing fingers at Ricky. There was no evidence, so they could not charge him with a crime, so instead, they sentenced him to life without the possibility of parole to make him pay for something they felt he was responsible for. That was an abuse of power.

In the early 1990s crime was at an all-time high and a Mayor's race was taking place. Since Ricky was in the spotlight he was labeled by the court as ordering a hit on innocent people in order for those who were working with Ricky to prove their loyalty. Ricky's co-defendants were not gang members, You don't have to be in a gang to sell drugs.

Giving a harsh sentence to an African American person is the norm. It speaks volumes and sends a message that judges can be openly biased and there is nothing that can be done unless you have the right resources, like Kyle Rittenhouse.

Wanda Anderson-Mikell

# Free Ricky Maurice Jivens

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Ricky Maurice Jivens, at age 50thImage credit by: Wanda Anderson-Mikell

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