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Karin Condon, 63, has served almost 9 years of a 15-year sentence for her entirely nonviolent and unarmed role as a taxi-driver in a drug distribution scheme in the District of North Dakota - a role she assumed to support her own addiction. Her sentence was driven by the government’s decision to file notices of recidivist enhancements in her case. Such recidivist enhancements were intended by Congress to ensure that the most reprehensible of drug dealers were put behind bars for a long time. Instead, they have been used all too often to incarcerate low-level drug addicts on sentences that far exceed any public safety or punishment imperatives. Ms. Condon’s case is one such case. In sentencing her on her guilty plea, the court used the life sentence as a reference and noted that 15 years was the lowest sentence he had ever imposed on someone facing a mandatory life sentence. Her judge also noted that “her entire criminal history is the result of her addiction. She poses no threat of harm to others, or herself.” Ms. Condon would not face a life sentence today, and her plea-bargaining (and sentencing) landscape would be significantly more lenient. Ms. Condon has an exemplary prison record and a solid release plan.