This oxymoron describes the truth behind our justice system across America and even more so in Virginia. Whether a person is Caucasian or a person of color, it is unequal across the board. There is a double standard, a class system, in the justice system. Those of affluence and notoriety (actors, song artists, politicians, etc.) never face the consequences of crimes that middle to low income people face. I have witnessed this locally and from tv coverage of those in high places. Our governor took a laid back view of a politician caught smoking marijuana in a parking lot saying he would lose a good number of his staff if he fired someone caught with marijuana. A former president spoke publicly of having used cocaine and could do so without consequences. For over a decade I have worked for expungement for non-repeat, ex-offenders of non-violent, non-sexual crimes in VA. Over half of the states in the U.S. offer this. In VA, it doesn’t matter if it is the 18-year-old who gets caught with marijuana and is convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, this is never erased from his/her record. Hiring policy in every professional career prohibits hiring of anyone with a drug conviction. Ex-offenders are denied rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for a lifetime in VA. Earning a high degree will not open doors to gainful employment, housing, etc.. Is this not “Cruel and Unusual Punishment”? Every bill that I have gotten introduced into the General Assembly is tabled yearly in the Courts of Justice Committee. I want help to get a referendum on our ballot for citizens to get expungement legislation passed in VA. Those who represent us fail to exemplify Christ with their “no forgiveness” stance. Let’s take action now.