A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

HOW $20 IN CRACK LED TO FIFTY YEARS IN PRISON

These days Linda Green is trying to figure out how to buy a car so that she can visit her brother without having to pay friends to take her to Florence.

"Last time I saw my brother I didn't know it was him. I said, `Why you look like this?'

"He told me he was thinking about killing himself. He said he couldn't do fifty years over no $20 rock.

"I told him to get on his knees and put God in his life. God is the answer."

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Almost the first word out of Judge Stephen Ventre's mouth to describe Harper was "cocky."

Judge Ventre: "Apparently you don't even care."
Harper: "I do care, man."

The overwhelming majority of people who finish the Do Drugs/Do Time program are middle-class marijuana smokers or cocaine-powder abusers.

"The police didn't know who I was, you know, they still don't know who I am."

Even in the prosecutor's eyes, Harper was at the bottom of the food chain and a pretty typical crack peddler at that.

The difference between the consumption of cocaine in black South Phoenix and in the white suburbs is the difference between jail time and seminars.

"He said he couldn't do fifty years over no $20 rock.

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