Last Prisoner Project report..
We are eternally grateful to announce that Fate Winslow, who had been serving life without the possibility of parole for selling $20 worth of cannabis, was released from Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola yesterday.
In September of 2008, Fate Winslow was a 41-year-old father living without housing in Shreveport, Louisiana. One night he was approached by an undercover police officer who asked if Mr. Winslow could procure him two dime bags—worth $20—of cannabis. The officer offered Winslow $5 for the transaction. Due to three nonviolent priors, Fate received a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Winslow spent 12 years incarcerated in Angola Prison, a facility notorious for unconstitutional and inhumane conditions. Earlier this year he wrote to Last Prisoner Project about his concern for his health and safety, given the inadequate care and supplies being issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic which continues to ravage correctional facilities in Louisiana and across the country.
Fortunately, Fate persevered. And yesterday, thanks to the tireless advocacy of the Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO), Mr. Winslow was re-sentenced to 12 years with credit for time served and released from custody.