Over the past few years, there has been a mounting call to release prisoners who are serving lengthy sentences for non-violent drug crimes. Since the sentencing guidelines were tweaked a few years back by the Obama administration, there have been scores of people who have been freed from prison and given a second chance. However, there are still many who languish behind the wall due to mistakes they made in the past, with no signs of being freed any time soon.
One of those individuals is Wainsworth “Unique” Hall. He is currently serving a life sentence behind bars on kingpin charges. If you were on the scene in NYC during the late ’80s and early ’90s, you may have become acclimated with Mr. Hall’s contributions to the hip-hop culture. As an immigrant from Jamaica, he had little education, but was able to launch the legendary recording studio, Mecca Audio, from which the classic hip-hop chant, “Aayoo! Aight,” originated from. He also owned Club 2000 (formerly Club Fuego), where people of all walks of life could come party together to the latest hip-hop, R&B, dancehall, go-go, house music and Miami bass tunes of the day. However, it all came crumbling down in 1993, when Mr. Hall was arrested and indicted on drug conspiracy charges at the age of 29. In 1994, the Daily Press wrote:
Federal prosecutors said Hall led an 11-man, one-woman operation that carted large amounts of cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana from New York City to Hampton Roads, from which it was distributed to locations as far south as Charlotte, N.C. The 22-count indictment in December 1993 followed an 18-month investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and Hampton and Newport News police.
Now, having served 25 years of his life sentence, Mr. Hall and his loved ones believe that he has paid the price for what he was accused of and are calling for his release. Since being locked down, Mr. Hall has taken his education seriously by earning his GED, receiving more than 100 rehabilitation awards and earning numerous certifications in valued trades. This would seem to point to Mr. Hall being a productive member of society if released.
To learn more about Mr. Hall, the problems with his case and sign the petition for his release, visit his official site, WainsworthHall.com.