More Prisoner Profiles

There is no shortage of stories of the lives that 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.

Chris Best in front of a mural he painted at FCI Greenville. (Courtesy of Chris Best)

Christopher Best

At the age of 22 – a time when most of his peers were just starting their careers – Christopher Best was branded a career criminal and sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for a nonviolent drug offense. He was arrested in 2006 on federal drug charges: conspiracy to possess with intent to… Read more »


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Lisa Lorentz

Lisa grew up in a nice suburb outside of Dallas, Texas, in a loving, working-class home with two older brothers; her parents have been married 50 years. Still, despite this upbringing, she says she had difficulty fitting in during her teenage years. She eventually dropped out of school and obtained her GED. Lisa worked hard,… Read more »


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Ashley Keeton

In 2011, three days before Christmas, 23 year-old Ashley Renee Keeton was worrying about being able to put toys under the tree for her four young children. Wanting to make some quick cash to buy gifts, she decided to take a risk—she agreed to deliver a large quantity of marijuana for a drug dealer she… Read more »


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Ronald J. Evans

Ronald Evans was just 16 years old when he joined the conspiracy that would result in his being sentenced to life in prison. Raised by a single mother in a Virginia public housing project, Ronald had difficulty in school, and, as a young teenager, began getting into fights and associating with drug dealers in his… Read more »


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Michael Keating

Michael Keating grew up in rural Missouri at a time when the state was considered to be the “meth capital” of the United States. After graduating from high school, Michael became an electronics technician, but in a town plagued by methamphetamine use, he became addicted to the drug by the time he was 20. Despite… Read more »


 


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