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.

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 »


Jaquale Clark

After making drug deliveries for her boyfriend, Jaquale received a mandatory 10-year sentence for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base. Because she and her daughter’s father were codefendants, her daughter has two parents in prison. When Jaquale Clark pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine in 2012, she knew… Read more »


Alton Mills

Alton was 25 years old when he received a mandatory life-without-parole sentence for conspiracy to traffic crack and powder cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and use of a telephone to commit a drug crime. President Obama commuted Alton’s sentence on December 18, 2015, and he will be released in 2016. “Alton has… Read more »


Michigan Supreme Court eliminates mandatory sentencing guidelines, expands judicial discretion

Originally seen in Michigan Live Some big changes are coming to the way convicted criminals are sentenced in Michigan following a decision by the state Supreme Court Wednesday. In a 5-2 decision, the court struck down parts of Michigan law around sentencing guidelines and made sentencing guidelines advisory rather than mandatory. One of the biggest aspects… Read more »


Sherman Chester

Sherman received a life-without-parole sentence when he was 27 years old for his involvement in a drug conspiracy. Because of his two prior drug possession convictions and the federal three-strikes mandatory sentencing law, Sherman’s judge couldn’t hand down a sentence that fit the crime, but on Dec. 18, 2015, President Obama commuted Sherman’s life sentence. He… Read more »


 


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