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.

Debi Campbell

Debi became addicted to methamphetamine in the early 1990s and began selling it to others because she thought the extra money would help keep her family together. She was sentenced to 19 years and seven months under federal sentencing guidelines. After spending nearly two decades in prison, she is a vocal advocate for sentencing reform,… Read more »


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 green minivan pulled… Read more »


Success Story: Loretta Fish Liegal

Loretta’s traumatic early life led to drug addiction and prison. When she was given a second chance through commutation of her sentence, she made the most of it. Today she is a role model and an inspiration. When Loretta Fish Liegal was in her early teens, her family’s house caught on fire. Her little sister… Read more »


William Forrester

William Forrester became addicted to pain medication after surgery. In the fierce grip of his disease, he obtained oxycodone with a fake prescription. He badly needed help with his addiction; instead he is now in state prison for a mandatory 15 years. “The pain never seemed to go away, no matter how much medication I… Read more »


Mandy Martinson

Mandy Martinson was 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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