Missouri man released after serving 20 year sentence

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Jeff Mizanskey was convicted of several marijuana charges and sentenced life in prison. After serving 20 years, Governor Nixon commuted his life sentence and he was released on parole.

Mizanskey spoke Wednesday night at the Library Center in Springfield, Missouri. He told community members his story, but also took the time to advocate softer marijuana laws and prison reform, according to KY3 News.

“It cost 57 dollars and 17 cents a day to keep me in prison for 22 years,” Mizanskey said. “And, I am not the only guy in there. I would say we got a couple thousand in there at a minimum. If you take a couple thousand at 57 dollars and 17 cents a day, that adds up for taxes.”

He was released last month, two decades after his arraignment, and has been pushing legalization since.

To hear more of Mizanskey’s story or to learn about his campaign check out the full story.