Fair Wayne Bryant was sentenced to life in 1997. You might think he must’ve done something outrageous, but all he did was try to steal some hedge clippers!
This sentence wasn’t an accident – and the problem is systemic.
He was convicted under a “habitual reoffender” law. Prior felony convictions were mostly minor, and Chief Justice Bernette Johnson, the lone Black woman on the Louisiana Supreme Court, made a note of it!
Regardless, her colleagues declined to review his case. But she still called out why it’s so unjust.
As a parole hearing approaches, he may be denied yet again. It’s already happened multiple times, and now he’s 67 years old.
Chief Justice Johnson was voted against 5-1 by her white male colleagues to reconsider his sentence – parole may be his only shot.
Courts, jails, and prisons are used like this to keep us oppressed. It’s not a justice system if that’s its normal function!
In order to experience justice, we have to push for something that actually delivers it. What we have now doesn't.