Crystal Mason was sentenced to five years in prison for voting.
“Here you have an African American woman in the county that boasts itself as the reddest urban county in the country being sentenced to five years in prison for casting a provisional ballot, which essentially, is not voting, it’s, if I can vote, you know, here’s my ballot, if not it’s not counted,” explained Mason’s attorney.
Mason had previously served time for tax fraud, but she was released on probation. She claims that no one ever told her it was illegal for her to vote.
“No one would go out and vote to go back to go back to prison. It just doesn’t make sense,” she stated. “It’s devastating. It just shows the unfairness of this country right now. It’s just not fair at all.”
“There is a certain level of hypocrisy in the system when it comes to prosecuting offenders for this particular criminal offense,” her civil attorney stated. “Certainly, in Tarrant County, and even across the country, you’ll see that other parties who are not minorities are always sentenced to probation, no one’s been given jail time.”
Mason is currently out of jail pending the appeals process.