Jeff Mizanskey, symbol of drug war, released from prison tomorrow
The below is a press advisory:
Life without parole for nonviolent marijuana offense: Governor commuted sentence after international campaign to free him.
For Immediate Release — August 31, 2015
- Dan Viets, Mizanskey’s lawyer: 573-819-2669
- Travis Maurer, Show-Me-Cannabis co-founder: 503-333-8184
- Chris Mizanskey, Mizanskey’s son: 660-221-3040
THE STORY: Freeing Jeff Mizanskey took 21 years, signatures from 391,254 petition signers, a documentary, letters from 126 Missouri lawmakers, a plea for clemency from the prosecutor and from Republican state representative Shamed Dogan, billboards, and a sustained effort by nonprofit criminal justice reform organizations like Show-Me Cannabis. Because of Missouri’s “prior and persistent drug offender” law, Mizanskey had been sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole, for nonviolent marijuana charges. He gets out Tuesday morning.
WHAT’S HAPPENING: Mizanskey will be freed from the Jefferson City Correctional Center.
WHEN / WHERE: Tuesday, September 1, between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., at the Jefferson City Correctional Center, 8200 No More Victims Rd, Jefferson City, Missouri, 65101.
- Tearful family members, including Mizanskey’s son and grandchildren, will meet Mizanskey outside of prison for the first time in 21 years.
- Mizanskey plans to make a short statement to the media.
- Travis Maurer will talk about how a paramilitary drug bust at his home spurred him to co-found Show Me Cannabis and help free Mizanskey.
- Jeff Mizansky, with his children, before going to prison: Photo 1 / Photo 2 (credit: Jeff Mizansky family)
- Jeff Mizansky after 20 years in prison: Photo 1 / Photo 2 (credit: Jeff Mizansky family)
- Billboard asking for his release: Photo 1 / Photo 2 (credit: Show-Me Cannabis)
- My dad is serving life without parole for marijuana
- Timeline of events from Mizanskey’s lawyer, Dan Viets.
- 130 lawmakers ask for Mizanskey to be freed
- Petition for clemency
- A plea for clemency from the prosecutor who put him away.
- A documentary about Mizanskey’s plight.
- The “prior and persistent drug offender” law Mizansky was sentenced under has been repealed effective 2017.
TK: A full press release before and after his release.