America’s love affair with the prison system is often so grand that nobody can quite wrap their head around why America depends on its prison system more than any other country on earth. But this week we’ve learned of yet another case of prison-hard-ons after a 76-year-old woman in a clerical error was sent back to federal prison for going to … class.
According to USA Today (paywall, so we won’t link it), the 76-year-old woman reportedly attended a computer class on 12 June hoping to brush up on her skills now that she had been granted the right to finish her 24 year non-violent sentence for heroin possession at home. The woman was not violent and had only been caught with heroin back in the day according to reports and court records.
The woman has been identified as Gwen Levi. Levi is now back in prison as of four days after the 12th and likely will have to spend several more years in a federal facility for having attempted to go to class. Officials claim she tried to escape though there were apparently multiple witnesses that place her in class despite the fact she had turned her phone off. Levi ‘s public defenders maintain that she was under the assumption that going to class was OK to do.