Prisoner Profiles

Many people have been deeply affected by rigid mandatory minimum sentencing laws. FAMM highlights the human costs of these laws by sharing prison profiles. Read through the profiles below and judge for yourself whether these sentences seem fair. Looking for a specific case type? View all Federal Prisoner Profiles, State Prisoner Profiles (including Florida Profiles and Massachusetts Profiles), Former Prisoner Profiles and Family Perspectives.

Stephanie George

Stephanie George

On December 19, 2013, President Obama granted Stephanie a commutation (reduction of sentence). She was released from prison on April 17, 2014.  Without President Obama’s act of mercy, taxpayers would have spent nearly $1.4 million to incarcerate Stephanie George for being “a girlfriend and bag holder and money holder” in a drug conspiracy. Despite her judge’s… Read more »


Mandy Martinson

Mandy Martinson

Mandy Martinson is serving 15 years in federal prison for helping her dealer-boyfriend in exchange for feeding her methamphetamine addiction. Mandy’s judge, unable to go below the mandatory minimum, expressed his objection to the sentence stating: “The Court does not have any particular concern that Ms. Martinson will commit crimes in the future.” Mandy was… Read more »


Weldon Angelos

Weldon Angelos

Weldon Angelos is serving a mandatory 55 years in prison for selling a few pounds of marijuana while possessing a firearm – a sentence so extreme that his judge, unable to go below the mandatory minimum, called on the president to commute Weldon’s sentence. Barring such a presidential commutation, taxpayers will spend over $1.5 million… Read more »


Orville Wollard

Orville Lee Wollard

Orville Lee Wollard typifies what it means to be an American. He has spent his life bettering himself to get ahead – and for his family. After receiving an Associate’s degree he moved on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Business and then a Master’s degree in Business Management and Organizational Behavior, all the while… Read more »


Michael Charros

Michael Charros

Family has always meant everything to Michael Charros. He worked at his father’s cleaning company and his life revolved around his wife and three children. When his father lost a leg to diabetes, Mike and his wife Geraldine (Gerry) moved him into their home. Mike cared for him during the day while Gerry was at… Read more »


Stephanie Nodd

Stephanie Nodd

Stephanie Nodd served 21 years of a 30-year sentence for her involvement in a crack cocaine conspiracy. She was released in 2011 after reforms to the crack cocaine sentencing guidelines were made retroactive. Read this message from Stephanie from 2012, a year after her release from prison: My name is Stephanie Nodd. Last year at this… Read more »


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