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.

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 »


Success Story: Yolanda Flournah-Perkins

In 2004, two semesters before she was set to graduate from the University of Central Florida with a degree in criminal justice, then-23-year-old Yolanda Perkins was sentenced to 37 months in prison for possession of stolen mail, a white-collar offense. Since her 2006 release, Yolanda has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees and published a book… 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 »


Lisa Lorentz

Lisa, a first-time offender, received a 151-month sentence for meth possession and her limited involvement in the conspiracy that her boyfriend operated. She received more prison time than the supplier. Her sentence was reduced to 121 months on June 29, 2015, thanks to drugs minus two retroactivity. Lisa grew up in a nice suburb outside… Read more »


Ashley Keeton

Ashley, a first-time offender, received a mandatory five-year prison sentence for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Her mistake was agreeing to make a single delivery for a drug dealer so she could afford Christmas presents for her children. In 2011, three days before Christmas, 23 year-old Ashley Renee Keeton was worrying about… Read more »


 


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