LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Buried Alive Project has dozens of videos in their archives of people walking out of prison for the first time in more than a decade and hugging their friends and families as a free person outside of the concrete and barbed wire.
It’s the moment co-founder Brittany K. Barnett said makes all of the pro-bono legal work her team puts in to help out worth it.
Every person she has helped was convicted of a non-violent drug crime and sentenced to spend the rest of their life behind bars.
“The most grave impact of this utter failure of a war on drugs to me is the impact on people,” Barnett said. “Human lives. Real people. This isn’t a joke.”
Barnett has helped free more than 50 people who had spent more than a decade in prison for acts that now legal marijuana companies are making millions of dollars doing.
Barnett said the disparity in justice was best summed up by one of her clients.
“People are selling marijuana today and getting a life savings,” he quoted. “I sold marijuana and got a life sentence.”
That’s exactly why the Jardin Las Vegas Cannabis Dispensary decided to