Melvin Farmer

Community Activist & Author Melvin Farmer’s autobiographical book, “The New Slave Ship”, tells the story of a twice-convicted felon who is found guilty once again, this time for possession of less than one gram of cocaine. He was sentenced to thirty-four years to life.

Melvin holds the distinction of being the first three strikes victim released from a California State Prison on a reversal. Farmer states that because of his notoriety as a gang leader in the 1970’s, drugs were planted on him. He served three years and eight months in prison. A State Appeals Court judge overturned the conviction because of an illegal search.