Federal Prisoners

 

Jodi Richter

Jodi Richter was sentenced to 15 years for her minor part in a drug conspiracy that involved more than 500 grams of methamphetamine distributed in North Dakota, Minnesota, and elsewhere. Her story—with its myriad threads of addiction and mental illness and the lengthy sentence that came at its end—is at once complicated yet all too… Read more »


Arlana Moore

After working with a dealer to support her addiction, Arlana is serving a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. UPDATE: Arlana Moore’s sentence was commuted by President Obama in October 2016. She will be released in the fall of… Read more »


Jeffrey Woods: Sober and Stuck in Prison

When police discovered drugs in his car and arrested him, Jeff finally found the strength to clean up his act and get sober while he was out on bond. Sentenced to nearly six years, Jeff is working hard in prison to stay sober and help other men find the peace that he has. “I successfully… 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 »


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 to. “Just so the record is clear, if the – if… Read more »


Paul Fields

Categorized as a “Career Offender” because of prior nonviolent offenses, Paul Fields is now serving a 15½-year sentence in federal prison on one count of growing marijuana. His daughter was an infant when he went to prison, and she will be 14 when he is released.   UPDATE: Paul Fields’ sentence was commuted by President Obama… Read more »


Charceil Kellam

UPDATE: On August 3, 2016, President Obama commuted Charceil’s sentence. Charceil is serving life without parole – reduced from two life sentences plus 30 years – for conspiracy to distribute, distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. Judge Glen E. Conrad said the mandatory sentence was “out of proportion” to the circumstances of her case…. Read more »