Soledad O'Brien sits down with musician John Legend and director Eugene Jarecki about the documentary "The House I Live In." The movie focuses on the failure of the war on drugs in the United States.
Legend also talks about his song for the movie of the same title. Here, he reveals the video for his song to Soledad.
The interview airs on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" on Monday, Jan 21st at 7aET.
"Rick Wershe, better known to the public as "White Boy Rick", is currently serving a life prison sentence in the Michigan Department of Corrections for a single drug possession conviction from January 1988. When he was arrested he was only 17 years old. Newly uncovered evidence proves he was led into the life of being a teenage drug dealer by the federal government. Rick was recruited by a narcotics task force made up by the FBI, DEA, and several Detroit Police Department detectives in 1984 as a 14 year old juvenile, encouraged to drop out of high school and eventually put to work as a paid undercover operative in some of the state's most dangerous criminal organizations for the next three years.
Following his conviction, he was sentenced under Michigan's ultra-tough "650-Lifer Law", a law erased from the books in 1998, allowing him to be eligible for parole.In the three times before the parole board in the last decade, he's been rejected every time. As of 2012, he was the only minor sentenced under that law in the whole Michigan prison system that remains behind bars. He is also the only person in the country convicted as a minor for a non violent crime facing the prospect of serving a life sentence.
In the 25 years Rick has been incarcerated, he has cooperated with law enforcement extensively. Prosecutors have said that without his help, the largest police corruption case in Detroit's history would not have been possible. Some of the people ending up being convicted included members of Coleman Young's family.
Rick's situation doesn't feel right in many ways. This site will hopefully educate people who are unfamiliar with his situation , however isn't intended for "fans" to glamorize or endorse his behavior.
Once a boy who made a mistake, Rick is now simply a man in his mid-40's in search of a second chance."
This is so real how Politics have turn the war on drugs in to just another form of slavery, how the right to freedom ...is used against the people only because of the target race and what is so sad it has accomplished nothing . But you can see how love and concern can turn around addiction ...Rehab is the answer to this drug problem , Rehab to not just put band- aid on the problem but to address the real issues of homelessness, unemployment, mental social skills..if your going to calll your self helping people the really do it , and stop helping your self. The large companies that build these jail the ones that are getting rich off of the struggles of mankind
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