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ERIC Number: EJ920227
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-23
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Cautionary Tales
Stuart, Reginald
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v27 n23 p10-13 Dec 2010
When Kemba Smith Pradia spoke this fall to a gathering of students at South Carolina State University, her candid talk about violence against women and the campus "hype" over drugs, sex, and money resonated with students and faculty alike. Ten years ago, Kemba Smith was wasting away in a federal prison as prisoner No. 26370-083. Used by others as a "drug mule," Kemba Smith had pleaded guilty to her low-level involvement in a violent cocaine drug ring. She was serving a mandatory federal prison term of 24 1/2 years with no chance for parole. Smith's "nightmare" was a case of a promising college student who became a poster child for the failures of a hastily written federal mandatory minimum drug sentencing law. In December 2000, during his final days in office, President Bill Clinton commuted Smith's prison sentence to the 6 1/2 years she had served. With her new lease on life, Kemba Smith Pradia has worked to get her life on track, advocate for drug sentencing law reform, and help students learn from her misfortune. Today, Pradia is a college graduate and married mother of two who tours college campuses telling her tale and warning students about the consequences of their life choices. In sharing her story of redemption, Kemba Smith Pradia helps the vulnerable stay on track, one college student at a time.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Michigan; Missouri; Virginia