Mom Serving 19 Years in Crack Case May Get Break

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Nearly 20,000 crack felons could get a break in their sentences as a result of the new sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine, and Nerika Jenkins is one of them.

Jenkins was working as a home health care nurse and raising her daughter when she was arrested and accused of being part of her boyfriend's drug conspiracy. She was sentenced to 19 years in a federal penitentiary — twice the time of some others convicted in the drug circle.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from