After spending more than 23 years of her life in prison, Danielle Metz is a free woman and honor-roll college student at Southern University. After being blessed with clemency in 2016 by then President Barack Obama, the 50-year-old mother from New Orleans is making the most of her second chance and inspiring others to do the same. In a personal note, Obama told Metz he is “so proud” of her, reported USA Today.
Metz was sentenced to three life sentences plus 20 additional years in 1993 when she was only 26-years-old for being a part-time drug courier for her husband, Essence reported. Like many non-violent Black and brown offenders during that era, the weight of the punishment was excessive for the crime.
But thanks to President Obama’s gift of freedom Metz is now on Southern U’s Dean’s List with a 3.75 GPA and studying to become a social worker. She recently spoke on a re-entry panel at the Essence Festival alongside the city’s mayor Latoya Cantrell and others.
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