76-Year Old Grandmother Sent Back to Prison For Minor Violation
Gwen Levi, a 76-year old grandmother from Baltimore, has been sent back to prison for accidentally not answering the phone when her ankle monitor was triggered.
Levi had already served 16 years in prison for drug charges, but was allowed to go home back in June 2020 to finish her 24-year sentence in home confinement. She, however, had to remain under the supervision of federal prison officials.
Last week, she attended a computer word-processing class nearby and completely lost track of time perhaps because of her age. Because she wasn't at home past her curfew, her ankle monitor triggered and when the authorities tried to call her, she didn't answer because she was still in class.
None of this mattered though to authorities who quickly arrested her and classfied her misdemeanor as an "escape attempt". She is now back in jail waiting to be transferred back to a federal facility.
Her lawyer says that "because she could have been robbing a bank, they’re going to treat her as if she was robbing a bank.”
Levi was able to release a statement to The Washington Post saying: “I feel like I was attempting to do all the right things. Breaking rules is not who I am. I tried to explain what happened, and to tell the truth. At no time did I think I wasn’t supposed to go to that class. I apologize to my mother and my family for what this is doing to them.”