Woman With No Arms Or Legs Sentenced To Year In Prison; Parole Violated After Officers Find Less Than Four Ounces Of Marijuana

A severely disabled woman was sentenced last week to a year in prison for breaking probation after being found with less than four ounces of marijuana.
Probation officers found the marijuana along with paraphernalia while inspecting Deborah Lynn Quinn’s home during a routine visit. Quinn was placed on probation last October for selling 3.98 grams of marijuana to a police informant.
The year-long sentence will cost Arizona taxpayers over $126,000 and require two full-time personnel to accommodate Quinn’s special needs, according to Arizona Department of Corrections officials who criticized the court’s decision to incarcerate Quinn.
“I simply cannot understand how a judge can sentence a disabled woman to prison who presents absolutely no escape risk, no physical danger to the public, and who will be an extremely difficult and expensive person to care for, without exploring any alternative sentence measures such as intensive probation,” said Terry Stewart, Arizona Corrections Director. “The plain and simple truth is the Department of Corrections is now faced with taking extraordinary measures to accommodate an inmate that probably could have been managed in the community at a reduced cost to the taxpayers of this state.”
The Department of Corrections has concluded its only option is to house Quinn at an extended care detention ward at a Tucson hospital at a cost of over $345 a day (excluding any professional fees that arise).
“In two separate voter initiatives, the people of Arizona have made clear their objection to incarcerating citizens for minor drug offenses,” said Tom Dean Esq., NORML Foundation Litigation Director. “The violation of the spirit of those measures by this modern day judge Roy Bean is a perfect example of the complete disconnect between elected officials and the citizens they represent.”
For more information, please contact Tom Dean Esq., NORML Foundation Litigation Director at (202) 483-8751.