Prison sentence for drug offense too harsh

Prison sentence for drug offense too harsh

The newspaper recently published a June 20 headline that read "Champaign man gets 20 years for drug dealing."

It was about Daquan Clark being sentenced to 20 years in prison for pleading guilty to intent to deliver cocaine. Clark did have prior convictions and was on parole at the time of his arrest in November 2015.

Let's think about that, 20 years for dealing drugs. It's not a homicide or being an accessory to murder or anything of that nature.

I believe in Champaign County and many other counties, judges base their sentencing of criminals according to who they are sentencing instead of what they are sentencing.

Earlier this year, a University of Illinois student was charged with first-degree murder, child endangerment and concealment of a homicidal death after suffocating her newborn son. She was later sentenced to 10 years in prison and one year of mandatory supervision.

How does someone who suffocates and kills their own newborn baby receive half the time that a man who simply sells drugs gets?

The News-Gazette has repeatedly published articles about University of Illinois students who have consistently received an abundance of support and resources from the university community.

That occurs while Champaign-Urbana residents, more specifically its African-American residents, are left to fend for themselves.