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.

FAMM Featured in Wall Street Journal

Happy Friday! Before the weekend arrives, we wanted to make sure you saw our latest news. First, FAMM’s work was profiled this morning in the Wall Street Journal! The article mentions our new efforts to improve programming and rehabilitation in federal prisons. Stay tuned for a report from FAMM on the topic in the coming… Read more »


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 »


Nichole Marie Forde

Nichole Forde’s life was spiraling downward. Abused as a child, living on the streets, two suicide attempts … When she was finally convicted of selling drugs in 2010, it might have been a blessing in disguise. Nichole needed a change. A reasonable prison sentence could have helped her repay her debt to society and turn… Read more »


Robyn Hamilton

Robyn Hamilton used drugs and had “bad thinking,” in her words, and she was caught up in a drug conspiracy that netted her a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years. The judge in her trial did not want to sentence her as he was compelled. “Just so the record is clear, if the – if this… Read more »


 


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