Hip-hop meets civil rights in this riveting saga exposing the corrupt environment created by the government’s use of snitches.
Flamboyant, smooth-talking, nightclub owner, John “JC” Powell is ballin’. He’s making more money than he can count, providing for his entire family, and on the verge of winning back the love of his life, Candace Banks. When he’s arrested, convicted, and imprisoned based on the testimony of someone he trusted, JC struggles to clear his name and get back over two million dollars in assets seized by the government. As the pieces of the puzzle come together in a surprising courtroom drama, JC realizes that he is caught up in a ruthless game, playing against a criminal justice system set up to win by any means necessary.
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SnitchCraft juxtaposes the themes of family, spirituality, and social justice, against a backdrop of a popular Southern California nightclub and escalating gang violence. An “After the Book Section” includes a reader’s guide of discussion questions and a resource guide.
Akbar leaned in, pointing for emphasis. “With the mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines, someone convicted of selling five grams of crack gets the same time as somebody selling five-hundred grams of powdered coke.”
“Damn, that’s a one hundred-to-one ratio,” Paul responded.
“You hear me now?” Akbar replied. “These people are getting the same time as murderers. The only way to avoid the mandatory sentences is to be a snitch. So our community is full of informants desperate to rat anybody out.”
“There weren’t any drugs at the club. Who would say that? Don’t they need proof?” Candace asked.
“Look, my sister. Some of these people are facing life sentences for drugs. There is so much pressure to snitch that a lot of them just make up accusations against people to reduce their time. Get two people to agree on the same thing and you got a charge.”
Paul added, “Also, it’s prestigious and profitable for the agencies to convict people—guilty or not.”