Leland Dodd ~ Life for Pot




LELAND J DODD # 106915 B-4-3
OKLAHOMA STATE REFORMATORY, GRANITE
P.O. BOX 514
GRANITE, OK 73547

LELAND J DODD
REGISTER NUMBER: 106915
DOB: 09/04/1953
AGE: 62
SEX: MALE
RACE: WHITE
LOCATED AT: OKLAHOMA STATE REFORMATORY, GRANITE
RELEASE DATE: LIFE 

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DODD v. STATE

World’s No. 1 Jailer: No other country on the planet puts more of its citizens in cages for life for nonviolent drug offenses than the United States of America

Leland Dodd –Leland Dodd…”What’s the threat here? When I was on the street I went fishing and I smoked joints. I wasn't hurting anyone”, says Leland Dodd. He is serving Life-without-parole for trying to buy 50 pounds of marijuana from an undercover cop.

Leland Dodd is serving LWOP in Oklahoma for trying to buy 50 pounds of weeds from an undercover officer, or as he puts it, “talking about buying some weeds.” He was arrested before the sale concluded. 

Leland Dodd is serving LWOP for trying to buy 50 pounds of marijuana from an undercover officer.

Dodd believes he is the first prisoner to be sentenced to mandatory LWOP for a nonviolent drug crime under Oklahoma’s habitual offender law. He was sentenced to LWOP in 1991 for, as he puts it, “talking about buying some marijuana.” Dodd is the father of three children, and prior to his incarceration he worked as a trim carpenter. He tried to buy 50 pounds of marijuana from an undercover police officer posing as a seller, and he was arrested before the sale was concluded. He was convicted in February 1991 of conspiracy to traffic in marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He was sentenced to a mandatory life-without parole sentence because of his four prior drug felonies dating back to 1978, which included convictions for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of an unlicensed firearm he made from a kit he bought at a gun show. Under the sentencing guidelines, based on his prior offenses, his sentence would have been 13.5 years.

Now 59, Dodd has served 22 years of his sentence. Since his incarceration, he has divorced from his wife of 17 years. He told the ACLU, “I don't see the point, I mean I don't even smoke weed anymore. What’s the threat here? When I was on the street, I went fishing and I smoked joints…I wasn’t hurting anyone.”



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