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.

Cynthia Powell: 25 Years for 35 Pills

  Cynthia Powell was not an addict. She was not a dealer. She sold 35 of her diabetes pain pills to a confidential informant—for $300. Just enough to make ends meet that month. Next thing she knew, she was arrested, charged, and convicted. Her sentence? Twenty-five years.     On April 11, 2002, a battered… Read more »


Arlana Moore

After working with a dealer to support her addiction, Arlana is serving a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. UPDATE: Arlana Moore’s sentence was commuted by President Obama in October 2016. He will be released in the fall of… Read more »


Jeffrey Woods: Sober and Stuck in Prison

When police discovered drugs in his car and arrested him, Jeff finally found the strength to clean up his act and get sober while he was out on bond. Sentenced to nearly six years, Jeff is working hard in prison to stay sober and help other men find the peace that he has. “I successfully… Read more »


FAMM Featured in Wall Street Journal

Happy Friday! Before the weekend arrives, we wanted to make sure you saw our latest news. First, FAMM’s work was profiled this morning in the Wall Street Journal! The article mentions our new efforts to improve programming and rehabilitation in federal prisons. Stay tuned for a report from FAMM on the topic in the coming… Read more »


Virginia Marijuana Decriminalization: What’s Being Proposed and How It Could Affect You

Originally seen in Policy.mic. Politically, Virginia has come to be viewed as somewhat “purple,” a mixture of southern conservatism and liberalizing suburbs, and weed activists now see it at the tipping point for legal marijuana. But could it go green? Probably not all at once.  The Arlington County Civic Federation, made up of more than 80 community groups based in one… Read more »


 


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