Demetrius Anderson walked out of prison in 2006 in Connecticut.
He stayed in the state, keeping a job and leaving his past behind. Unlike many, Anderson resisted recidivism and kept his nose clean.
But that was apparently not enough for the USA justice system.
A clerical error may now throw Anderson’s life into disarray, undoing all of his hard work.
PLEASE REPOST & HELP ME GET OUT OF THIS INJUSTICE. I HAVE PAID MY DEBT TO SOCIETY!!! Freed from prison in 2006, Philly native faces another 16 months behind bars due to apparent clerical error @DrWMcKay @VanJones68 @LouislReed https://t.co/i1feQgRflV— Demetrius Anderson (@TheRealMeech215) March 28, 2019
Thank you @cut_50 @donlemon @DrWMcKay @shaunking @LouislReed @VanJones68 @DolanLaw for helping with this #injustice I’ve been an honorable citizen of this US America for over 13 years after my release and have not had even a traffic violation. @realDonaldTrump please fix this!! pic.twitter.com/vqXkzcQFta— Demetrius Anderson (@TheRealMeech215) March 29, 2019
Everyone supporting me against this #injustice and error in the #fed system that has disrupted my rehabilitated life 14 years later to tune into @CNN @donlemon tonight at 10pm. #justice #keepmefree #justiceprevail @cut_50 @VanJones68 @DrWMcKay @DolanLaw @LouislReed #retweet— Demetrius Anderson (@TheRealMeech215) March 29, 2019
"Where is the grace...mercy... justice in destroying this man's life?"— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) March 29, 2019
Van Jones pledges to do all he can, including contacting the White House, to fix a legal mixup that may send Connecticut man, Demetrius Anderson, back to prison after he's spent 13-yrs. rebuilding his life. pic.twitter.com/7e2hP7eZYr
A Philadelphia judge issued a bench warrant against Anderson and eight US Marshals showed up on Anderson’s doorstep, insisting he still had 16 months to serve for a previous crime committed in the Philadelphia area.
Anderson, however, was told that his Federal and State sentences were concurrent.
“My mother always believed in the judicial system. Always told me to respect it,” he said to CNN’s Don Lemon in an interview.
“I made a vow not to do it again for her and by turning my life around, it brought her joy.”
We can't have #demetriusanderson be a casualty of a broken system, after he served his debt to society and been home for 13 years without incident!— Louis L. Reed, LADC, AADC, ICAADC (@LouislReed) March 27, 2019
The #Feds screwed up here, not @TheRealMeech215
cc: @shonhopwood @shaunking @glennEmartin @SymoneDSanders https://t.co/uUixUGr94x
Demetrius Anderson was released 13 years ago. Now they want him to go back for 16 more months because they said they made a clerical error. The president should commute his sentence. Then we need to change the system that allowed this to happen. https://t.co/0KINGSZSeG— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) March 29, 2019
@SenBlumenthal Please do all in your power to commute the remaining sentence of Demetrius Anderson. He has done everything we could expect to reform his life. Sending him back to prison would serve no purpose and be cruel and unusual punishment. Thank you. #DemetriusAnderson— Larry Schwartz (@larrysschwartz) March 29, 2019
Demetrius Anderson walked out of prison 13 years ago and hasn’t committed a crime since. But now officials say he must go back — because of a decades-old clerical mistake.— New Day (@NewDay) March 29, 2019
Anderson tells @johnberman it’s “devastating.” https://t.co/EuaqcsNPQk pic.twitter.com/QXPDpChspn
@VanJones68 #DemetriusAnderson This is absolutely INFURIATING! I will fly from Hawaii to Washington to protest if they try and put this man in jail. It’s not his fault the clerical error occurred! He is rehabilitated! He is a great example and success!! Good on him!!— lolo_xray (@thingoldline_) March 29, 2019
Funny how Mr. Prison Reform Kushner dismisses Demetrius Anderson's story. When talking about whether a commutation should be recommended to POTUS, Jared points out that he has nothing to gain from Anderson, and therefore doesn't care "if he rots behind bars."— Rogue POTUS Staff (@RoguePOTUSStaff) March 29, 2019
How is this not unconstitutional? Stop unnecessarily punishing those who served their time/paid their debts. What good would come of this? Just a life ruined after being straight for so long. #demetriusanderson #cjreform #CriminalJusticeReform https://t.co/xoIp0J9wyi— Jessica Gardner (@Jess_Gardner44) March 27, 2019
“It’s scary, I’m scared. It’s bleak, it’s dark; I can’t imagine it. I don’t think I could handle it considering what I’m going through,” Anderson said, on the possibility he will need to return to prison.
How about justice for Demetrius Anderson?— Gene Williams (@chisoldier) March 29, 2019
Demetrius Anderson did not make this clerical https://t.co/0RW0t0IGTw clerical error was made by the people who brought charges against him therefore Demetrius Anderson should not be guilty of a crime he didn't commit which was the falsification of his freedom— Christopher Martin Luth (@luth_chris) March 29, 2019
Praying for you #DemetriusAnderson— Paula Foster (@foster6007) March 29, 2019
Terrible idea. Terrible decision. Reverse immediately.— ((Frederika Jenner)) (@fsjenner) March 29, 2019
Imagine a criminal justice system based around rehabilitation.— Nick Ingalls (@MAJingles) March 29, 2019
That is unjust. It is about reform and he is reformed.— Monte (@PattyMonteleone) March 29, 2019
As of the writing of this piece, Anderson and his lawyer reached a verbal agreement with prosecutors and the Bureau of Prisons to give Anderson credit on his sentence for time served “at liberty.”
“I’m overjoyed but waiting for official paperwork,” Anderson said.
“It’s a blessing, but I want the blessing to be official. My heart is back in my chest where it should be.”
Anderson, who served three years for his identity theft conviction from 2003-2006, said the thought of returning to prison caused him to lose weight rapidly and even have suicidal thoughts.
Bulls🤬🤬t he has paid his debt. If he was white I’m sure there would not be an issue.— mickey horne (@MickeyHorne) March 29, 2019
That shouldn’t happen— J (@ounettaca) March 29, 2019
This is a perfect example of a situation where the Governor of the state should step in.— Geraldo (not Rivera) (@gvravel) March 29, 2019
May nothing like this ever happen again.