Carlos Sanchez #0530925

Seeking Support for Clemency

  

Birth Date: April 15, 1969
Incarcerated Since: 1995
Release Date: 2026
Convicted Of: Possession of drugs, first time, non-violent
Home Town: Colombia
Ethnicity: Hispanic
Height: 5’7″
Weight: 152 lbs
Wants To Write To: Anyone
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Open to Gay/Bisexual Contact: Yes
Will Write Overseas: Yes
Seeks: Friendship, legal help, donations, support for clemency

 

My Dear People, my name is Carlos. I’ve been in a state prison since 1995. I was traveling on a Greyhound bus from Florida to New York City. At the bus station in Fayetteville, NC, two police officers forced everyone to unload as they searched the bus. A small bag was found three seats behind mine which contained drugs. Despite the fact that there was no other evidence, I was considered the primary suspect from the beginning, charged with possession of and transporting an illicit substance. I didn’t speak English then and didn’t understand much of what was happening when I was taken in by the police. My court appointed lawyer rejected a plea of 44-62 months, causing the case to go to trial. However, I lost the trial, requiring that I be given the mandatory minimum sentence of 30-36 years. I had no prior record before my arrest. I was never in trouble with the law, had never been to jail and was not involved with drugs or the sale of drugs. All of the evidence against me was completely circumstantial. Even though I had not been charged with a violent crime and had no prior record, the judge sentenced me to 30 years in prison. Because North Carolina does not offer parole, I am required to serve the full sentence. So far, I have completed 24 years. While in prison I have worked to receive my GED, learned English and have earned several certificates of study. I even helped save the life of a correctional officer years ago! I completed a course to become a dental technician. I am now making dentures and dental partials in the state of North Carolina. I love this new skill and appreciate having the opportunity to work. I’m seeking public support to ask for clemency by the governor of N.C., Roy Cooper. My case is a clear example of the ways that so many within the prison system are victims of the so called “War on Drugs.” The United States incarcerates more people than any other country on Earth, most of whom are convicted of non-violent crimes, like me. My heart goes out to those who struggle with addiction and who die of related causes. Drug trafficking is not an activity I would ever have been involved with. There’s not a day that goes by that I do not wish for my story to be heard and to be given the second chance that America stands for. This is why I am seeking your support for clemency. I’ve lost much of my youth in prison. I’ve been separated from my family and my country for many years. But I continue to persevere, to learn and grow and hold faith that, one day, the truth of my story will be revealed and I’ll be free. Thank you so much. Many blessings to you all!

Carlos Sanchez #0530925
Bertie Correctional Institution
PO Box 129
Windsor, NC 27983

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