Journal Entry: Shane Andrew Smith-02/21/2024

Journal Entry

Overcoming obstacles:

I am currently working to overcome the objection by the probation office, who the court appointed to decide who is eligible for the zero-point offender sentence reduction, that I qualify for the reduction by having no aggravating factors. I cannot afford an attorney and the court is not allowing the public defenders to represent current inmates. So, while this seems to be a violation of our due process rights, I will not stop. I have researched and know the new guidelines and I am writing the probation officer and sending copies of the guidelines and statutes requesting he reconsider. If that fails, I will write the judge and show him where the probation office was wrong and ask him to review it and reconsider. I will just keep pushing because I know in my heart I am eligible and the system is denying me that.