CAN-DO has Antonio at #1 and we believe he is still the most deserving candidate for clemency.
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Antonio Bascaro, #03846-021
Children: Daughter, Aicha Bascaro
Offense: Conspiracy to Import and Distribute Marijuana
Sentence: 70 Years, No Parole
Incarcerated Since: 1980
Served: 36 years
Priors: None – First Offender
Date of Birth: 10/22/1934
Family: 3 Children, 8 Grandchildren
Institution: Antonio Bascaro #03846-021
PO Box 779800
Miami, FL 33177
Why commutation: Antonio has served 36 years for what normally would have been a 3 to 5 year sentence. He is in extremely poor health. No violence. No other drugs involved. No previous criminal record. The leader of the enterprise was released in 1994. Today, everyone involved in this forgotten marijuana smuggling enterprise has been out of prison for many years — except one man – Antonio.
Post Release Plans: To spend what time I have left with my family.
Supporters: The CAN-DO Foundation, Crack Open the Door, Human Rights 95, ACLU, Life for Pot.
Antonio’s CAN-DO Poster made the Oregonian newspaper on May 7th
A CAN-DO Poster of Antonio Bascaro popped up in The Oregonian Newspaper
About Antonio Bascaro’s Case – Life for Pot
Meet the nation’s longest serving marijuana prisoner, Antonio Bascaro, who has served over 35 years behind bars for a marijuana conspiracy offense. A former Cuban naval pilot who participated in the Bay of Pigs invasion, Bascaro fled Castro’s Cuba shortly thereafter.
Now in his 80s, Antonio will be eligible for release in the summer of 2019, but his daughter Aicha, who lost her father to prison when she was 12 years old, fears that may be too late. The octogenarian grandfather is in poor health and suffers from severe back problems, glaucoma, and other ailments. Back surgery left him confined to a wheelchair for a period of time, but with the help of a walker he is slowly starting to get back on his feet.
Antonio’s “crime” involved no violence and he had no prior convictions. Everyone involved in his case, including the true kingpin who ran the operation that used Cuban fishing boats to smuggle marijuana, have long been released. The only reason Antonio received such a harsh sentence is that he refused to “cooperate” and testify against others. Antonio Bascaro, who has been a model prisoner, is the only person from this case who remains behind bars.
In one of the most ironic, cruel and downright nonsensical twists of fate ever, the fact that his case is so old and he has been incarcerated for so long disqualifies Antonio Bascaro from any of the sentencing reduction and compassionate release programs recently put into place. Those who wrote the laws failed to take into account the possibility of inmates who have been warehoused away as long as Antonio. So while others might get Compassionate Release or a reduction in sentence, this nonviolent, first time marijuana offender must serve out his entire sentence (which will be over 39 years, if he makes it that long).
Nonetheless, Antonio’s family and supporters are lobbying for the President to grant him clemency, so he can spend what little time he has left with his loved ones.
Write to Antonio Bascaro
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Getting to Know Antonio “Tony” Bascaro – Life for Pot
We asked Tony Bascaro a series of questions to help everyone get to know him better, Here’s what he said:
What meal or food do you crave most that you will want to eat when you get out?
A porterhouse steak!
Who are your favorite authors?
Lots of authors, but in general I like books about business along with action and westerns.
Prefer winter or summer?
Nocturnal or morning person?
Coffee or tea?
Coffee, once a day.
Action movies and westerns.
Favorite TV show(s)?
Favorite song(s) and/or musical artist(s)?
My favorite artist is a now deceased Cuban musician named Benny More.
What is your favorite color?
If you could walk out tomorrow and go anywhere – where would it be and why?
To see my family and my home as I have missed them so much!
If you could travel to any country – where would it be and why?
To Cuba, once it is free of communists, as I have missed it a lot.
What do you most want people to understand about being incarcerated that you don’t think they understand?
That prisoners are people, we are human beings. We are NOT all alike. We love and need our families and friends. We deserve a second chance. We still have faith and hope.