Today, Eric Duphily got up, got dressed, ate his favorite breakfast and told his mom to have a nice day as he dashed out the door to go to work. No big deal, right?
It’s a big deal to us. That’s because a year ago at this time, Eric was serving a ridiculous 13-year sentence for a nonviolent drug offense. But due to Massachusetts’ 2012 sentencing reforms, Eric was paroled last spring, a full five years before the end of his sentence. He is one of about 1,500 Massachusetts drug offenders who became eligible for parole, either at an earlier date or for the first time ever. Other prisoners serving drug sentences have been released early because they could finally use their earned “good time” credits to shorten their sentences.
FAMM fought hard for those reforms and we are thrilled to see the results. But we’ve still got more to do in 2014, as FAMM’s Massachusetts project fights for the outright repeal of mandatory minimums for drug offenses, and for more parole reforms. Please help us get the job done by donating to FAMM today
Now is the time to help – thanks to a generous donor, your gift will be doubled if you give before the end of the month. Please take a moment right now to contribute by clicking here
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Thank you in advance for your support. By the way, this photo of Eric was taken at a friend’s wedding. Please help us bring prisoners home so they can celebrate all of life’s milestones with their loved ones.
Barbara J. Dougan
Massachusetts Project Director