Anrica Caldwell just received a call from David Barren – his sentence has been commuted to 30 years. This is not what we had hoped to hear but at least he has an outdate. We hope this will place him in a category for an additional sentence reduction under Drugs minus 2.
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Op Ed by Anrica Caldwell: Don’t Forget All the Drug-War Prisoners Who Have Not Been Granted Clemency—My Partner Is One of Them
David Barren in The Intercept
Name: David Morris Barren #09803-068
Race: African American
Marital Status: Divorced
Children: 3 daughters and 3 sons
State you are from: Pennsylvania
State where you were charged/tried: Maryland
Charge: 1 Count conspiracy to distribute controlled substances 21 U.S.C. 846 & 52 counts of Money Laundering
Sentence: LIFE Plus 20 years, reduced to 30 years
Served to date: 10 years
Started Sentence on: August 10, 2010
Priors: October 30, 2006 pled guilty to one count drug conspiracy and was sentenced to 3 year probation
Prison Conduct: Clear Conduct
Clemency status: Granted on 1/19/17 – unfortunately, David will serve another 17 years unless he receives additional relief.
Supporters: Pennsylvania Representative Edward Gainey, PA Congressman Mike Doyle, Apostle David White, Dr. Russell Patterson, Principal (Pittsburgh Public Schools) Brace Lowe, Sr. Executive Vice President ( A Second Chance Organization), CAN-DO, Crack Open the Door, The LOHM, Dorothy Barren (Mother), David Barren (Father), Brigitte Barren-Williams (Sister), Gina Stephenson (Sister), Heather Nunley (Sister) Alonzo Nunely (Brother-Inlaw) , David Barren III (Son), Andre Barren (Son), Aaron Barren (Son), Tiffiani Barren (Daughter)
Institution: USP Hazelton
Accomplishments: Mentors younger Inmates on my own, completed paralegal program Adams State College 4.0 GPA
David Barren was a loving father who had recently separated and moved back to the Pittsburgh area from Maryland in the mid 90’s with his then three sons. He was a Draftsman by trade and worked for a family owned Graphic Designs company. While raising his sons as a single parent and wanting the best for them, he made an unwise decision to augment his salary as a Draftsman by selling small amounts of cocaine that eventually led to larger amounts of cocaine in the 2000’s.
Between November 2004 and February 2008 he fell under federal investigation. David was arrested on February 20, 2008 and ultimately sentenced on August 10, 2010 to 1 count conspiracy to distribute controlled substances 21 U.S.C. 846 and 52 counts of money laundering that resulted to David being given a sentence of LIFE plus 20 years without the possibility of parole.
While incarcerated, David has continued to maintain a spotless conduct report. He has continued his education with the completion of a paralegal program via correspondence Adams State College Colorado, 4.0 GPA. His ultimate goal is to obtain a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in law. David also mentors younger inmates to
strive for positive change while serving their time on his own. He continues to maintain a positive relationship with his family members, particularly his elderly parents, (79) and (82) respectively and his children who all visit on a regular basis. CO’s often remark of David’s respectful conduct and his constant family relationship while on visits.
Due to the LIFE sentence David has been given his only option is to seek clemency or else he will die in prison. David is not a violent offender, he has no history of violence and his crime did not involve any weapons of any kind. David has no substantial criminal record, has never been in any gangs or gang activity, never been involved in any large criminal organizations or drug cartel. He also will have served 10 years by January 20, 2017 based on his good time and time served.
David has done much reflection and realizes the time lost and the unwise decision he made to help support his children, who are doing very well today. He wants to prove to himself, his family, his children especially is youngest daughter who was an infant when David left, and his community his worthiness and give back in a much more productive way.