Post Date: April 18, 2014
If you haven’t heard, FAMM member Stephanie George was released from prison yesterday, into the arms of her loving family. Stephanie was sentenced to a mandatory life without parole prison term in 1997 for a nonviolent drug crime — for, as her judge put it, being “a girlfriend and bag holder and money holder.”
Stephanie was granted a commutation (reduction of sentence) by President Obama in December, 2013 and after 17 years behind bars, she walked out of prison a free woman. Without President Obama’s act of mercy, taxpayers would have spent nearly $1.4 million to incarcerate Stephanie for her entire life.
If you do nothing else today, look at these absolutely heartwarming photos captured by the ACLU yesterday. You won’t regret it.
Seven other federal prisoners were granted commutations last year. Learn more about commutations here.