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.

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Alton Mills

Alton Mills

Update: On Dec. 18, 2015, President Obama commuted Alton’s life sentence. He will be released in 2016.  Alton Mills grew up in a rough part of Chicago, but he excelled at a time when many of his peers were struggling—he was a promising high school football star who had the support of a strong, loving… Read more »


Michael Giles

On Feb. 6, 2010, active duty air force serviceman Michael Giles was invited to a Tallahassee nightclub by a few of his friends. Giles, a young father, was stationed in Tampa at the time, after spending the previous six years on tours of duty in places such as Iraq and Kuwait. Michael accepted the invitation… Read more »

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Melissa Trigg

In August of 2006, Melissa Trigg entered Bryan Federal Prison Camp to begin serving 15 years for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during a drug crime, her first and only criminal conviction. “By the time I came to prison I was mad at everyone,” she says. “The only person I should… Read more »

Weldon Angelos

Weldon Angelos

Weldon Angelos was released on May 31, 2016 after a federal court granted him a reduction in sentence. Learn more from The Washington Post. 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… Read more »

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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 »

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