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.


Success Story: Yolanda Flournah-Perkins

In 2004, two semesters before she was set to graduate from the University of Central Florida with a degree in criminal justice, then-23-year-old Yolanda Perkins was sentenced to 37 months in prison for possession of stolen mail, a white-collar offense.  In 1999, after she moved to Orlando for college, Yolanda met a man and fell in… Read more »


Charceil Kellam

When Charceil Kellam was arrested in September of 2006, her family assumed that she wouldn’t spend much time in prison. She had a history of arrests, related to her decades-long addiction issues, but even when convicted, she never spent a ton of time locked up. This time, however, Charceil was indicted on federal crack cocaine… Read more »


Ramona Brant

In 1995, Ramona was sentenced to life in prison for a cocaine offense related to an abusive boyfriend’s drug dealing. Although her sentencing judge said he was “shocked at the severity of the sentence,” he had no legal discretion to sentence her to less time. After spending 20 years in prison, Ramona received a commutation from President… Read more »

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Jaquale Clark

When Jaquale Clark pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine in 2012, she knew it was serious, but didn’t fully grasp what she was facing. “I had no clue what conspiracy was and no clue that I could spend 10 years in prison automatically if I got charged with it,” she now says. Just… Read more »

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Shirley Schmitt

For more than 50 years, Shirley Schmitt lived a quiet, serene life, raising her daughter and training horses on an Iowa farm with her husband, Lawrence. But when her beloved husband died of a heart attack in 2006, she says that “things kind of fell apart for me.” Shirley, over the course of several years,… Read more »


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