On July 18, 2023, Timothy Wimbush, a Black defendant, received a harsh and excessive sentence of 25 years in prison under the outdated Federal 3 strikes law known as "Career Offender," for a total of three "strikes" that amount to just 21 grams of drugs. To put this into perspective, it's less than the weight of a small pack of M&M's and holds a street value of about $800.
The three strikes law has had a devastating impact on inner-city communities, drawing young Black and Latino men into drug-related offenses. While selling drugs is a crime, the systemic racism embedded in this law treats non-violent petty drug charges as equivalent to heinous crimes like murder, rape, robbery, or kidnapping. This has resulted in disproportionately severe sentences ranging from 20 years to life for minor, non-violent urban offenses.
Had this been a regular state charge, Timothy would likely be at home with his family already. However, his case was further marred by the testimony of a corrupt cop who lied on the stand. Shockingly, the officer faced only a six-month suspension for this misconduct and falsifying evidence. Trentonian Article
Timothy's life story is one that resonates with many inner-city youths. Growing up, he faced immense hardship, with his father tragically killed during an armed robber while on an NCAA college football scholarship when Tim was just three years old. Raised by a teenage mother struggling to make ends meet for her three kids, they lived in poverty, often without enough food or electricity. Despite the challenges, Timothy's compassionate nature led him to take on a fatherly role for his younger brothers, and he loves his mother dearly through all their struggles.
Now, we have the opportunity to make a difference and support Timothy's fight for justice. The RacialJusticeReform.com's Innocence Project is committed to securing Timothy's freedom and preventing him from spending nearly 30 years behind bars for a non-violent crime. RJR Press Release
Your contribution, no matter how big or small, can help Timothy hire an appeal attorney who will tirelessly work to rectify this unjust sentence. Please consider donating $5, $10, $20, $100, or whatever amount you can to support this cause.
Together, let's stand against systemic racism and work towards a fairer and more just legal system. Your support can make a real difference in Timothy's life and the lives of many others affected by such injustices.