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 »

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 »

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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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Sharanda Jones

Update: On Dec. 18, 2015, President Obama commuted Sharanda’s life sentence. She will be released in 2016.    On November 2, 2015, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore devoted a segment to Sharanda’s case and the call for her release. Taxpayers are spending more than $1.2 million incarcerating Sharanda Jones, a first-time, nonviolent drug offender, Her… Read more »

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