Darrington was arrested in 1997 as part of her husband’s crack cocaine conspiracy and sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison. Thanks to reforms to the crack cocaine sentencing guidelines, she was released on March 3, 2008. After her release, she graduated with a 4.0 GPA and a Master’s in Public Administration from Ashford University.
Natasha Darrington is a shining example of the value of second chances. In 1997, she was arrested in her husband’s crack cocaine conspiracy. She was sentenced to over 15 years in federal prison. After serving 11 years with an impeccable record, Natasha was released on March 3, 2008. Her sentence had been reduced thanks to reforms to the crack cocaine sentencing guidelines. Natasha’s sentencing judge signed the papers to free her the very day the reforms went into effect.
Natasha currently lives with her fiancé in North Carolina. She successfully completed a full-time business administration college program and is pursuing her Master’s Degree. She is excelling both academically and personally and plans to open up a home for youth transitioning out of juvenile detention facilities. Natasha is an extremely optimistic person who credits her faith and her family for supporting her resilient spirit and successful transition home.
Natasha calls March 3rd “my New Years Day.” She says, “I appreciate so much what FAMM has done…The day when I got released…that’s the day I got a new lease on life.” She hopes that her story of success can touch at least one person’s heart and encourage them never to give up hope.