Richard DeLisi, sentenced to three consecutive 30-year terms, or 90 years, for a marijuana importation conviction in 1989, will remain incarcerated. Judge Michael E. Raiden denied a motion requesting a review of his sentence last week. DeLisi has spent the past 26 years behind bars for a nonviolent offense that has a normal guideline sentence range of 12 to 17 years.
Due to the unusual length and nature of DeLisi’s sentence, the Human Solution International, an, um, grassroots organization, started the DeLisi Project in hope of bringing more public awareness to DeLisi’s story. It will hopefully help the DeLisi family collect the 2,500 signatures needed to present before the Florida Board of Executive Clemency, so it could reconsider his nearly three decades of incarceration. The signatures were collected in no time, but the motion was denied, and now DeLisi remains behind bars for the foreseeable future. More at the Broward-Palm Beach New Times.