His lawyer says that once he is released from prison, the court already ordered he must continue speaking to community groups about his experience and to encourage young people to follow a different course of action.
The lawyer pointed out that Harris voluntarily surrendered to the Department of Bureau of Prisons, has employment waiting for him when he is released, had no disciplinary issues during his incarceration and successfully participated in programs available in prison including courses on financial management, adult continuing education, public speaking, restaurant management, health and nutrition courses and is also enrolled in the residential drug addiction program.
Harris’ lawyer says that the court has the authority to reduce the original sentence, and should consider him supporting his four kids, his rough upbringing, his employment in the entertainment industry as a cast member of a television show and management of artists, his strong ties to the community, his full cooperation during the case and the substantial impact his celebrity status lends to his anti-drug message as presented to the youth he speaks to in the community.
The reality star is pleading for the judge to lower the sentence down from eight years to 5.2 years. A judge will rule on the motion later this month.