Michael Woodberry

Michael Woodberry is a member of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice and advises federal prosecutors on sentencing guidelines. He has seen firsthand the impact of harsh sentences in Oklahoma. Michael’s nephew, Dioris, is serving a 15 year sentence for stealing a bottle of liquor. When Dioris was 20 years old, he had an argument with his girlfriend, who in the moment called the police on him and accused him of stealing a bottle of alcohol. Even after she testified in his defense and clarified it had been a misunderstanding Dioris was sentenced to 15 years. For eight years, Michael has tried to provide support for Dioris, who has had multiple nervous breakdowns while incarcerated.

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