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.

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 »


Shirley Schmitt: “She Never Sold a Single Ounce for Profit”

Shirley is serving a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence for her role in a methamphetamine conspiracy – which never sold a single ounce of the drug for profit and was only created to feed her addiction.   For more than 50 years, Shirley Schmitt lived a quiet, serene life, raising her daughter and training horses on an… Read more »


Fulton “Mr. Wash” Washington

Once a young man with a promising future, Fulton ended up in prison for nonviolent offenses related to the drug PCP. Mandatory minimums landed him with a life sentence. He spent more than 21 years in prison before receiving clemency in 2016. He has dedicated his life to the creation of art that reflects his… Read more »


Success Story: Eric Wilson

  “I want to be part of the solution and no longer part of the problem. One bad decision does not have to define you; you can change if in your heart you want to change.” -Eric Wilson   Eric Wilson looks proudly at the collection of knives, razor blades, sharpened scissors, and welding guns… Read more »


Charceil Kellam

UPDATE: On August 3, 2016, President Obama commuted Charceil’s sentence. Charceil is serving life without parole – reduced from two life sentences plus 30 years – for conspiracy to distribute, distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. Judge Glen E. Conrad said the mandatory sentence was “out of proportion” to the circumstances of her case…. Read more »


 


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