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.

Patrick Ryan

Over the course of decades of battling addiction, Patrick served terms in prison for burglary, escape, and DUI offenses. One drunken night he pawned a firearm as a felon, and although he attempted to rectify his mistake upon sobering up, he received a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence. Patrick’s lengthy criminal record is closely linked to… Read more »


Ricky Darden

UPDATE: On August 3, 2016, President Obama commuted Ricky’s sentence. Ricky received life in prison without parole for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. Because of Ricky’s prior offenses, the judge had no discretion in sentencing. Ricky was raised by his grandmother in North Carolina until he was ten, at which point he moved… Read more »


Celestia Mixon

   Celestia began using drugs at a young age to cope with her father’s abusive behavior. She turned to selling meth to feed her addiction, and was indicted for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth while in possession of a firearm. Although at the time of her sentencing she had achieved sobriety and… Read more »


James Belt

James is serving mandatory life without parole for distribution of 0.10 grams of crack cocaine because his addiction-related priors classified him as a habitual offender. James grew up in a public housing project in New Orleans, Louisiana with his three siblings. Through sheer determination and hard work, James graduated from high school, earned his Associates… Read more »


 


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