Remembering Eugenia Jennings

Post Date: October 15, 2013

Eugenia Jennings at her homecoming party following her presidential commutation in 2011.

Eugenia Jennings beams at a homecoming party following her presidential commutation in 2011.

Eugenia Jennings passed away on October 13 after a lengthy battle with leukemia. Eugenia served 10 years of a 22-year federal prison sentence for crack cocaine. In 2011, she became the first — and only — person to receive a sentence commutation from President Obama.

Diagnosed with leukemia while she was in prison, Eugenia waged a brave fight against the disease and beat it back into remission twice after her release. Eugenia spent the last few years enjoying her family and spending time with her brother Cedric in Alton, Illinois. She was a dedicated FAMM member and a believer in justice. The FAMM family will miss her sweet smile, resilience and warm spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with Eugenia’s family.