Federal Prisoners


Edward Young

With a prior record classifying him as an “armed career criminal,” Ed is serving a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence for felon in possession of ammunition after seven shotgun shells – part of a neighbor’s belongings he was holding, without a weapon – were found in his home. When Edward Young agreed to help his recently… Read more »

Jack Carpenter

Jack was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute marijuana, despite consulting with attorneys and friends in law enforcement to ensure that his involvement with medical marijuana dispensaries was lawful. UPDATE: Jack Carpenter was released in December 2017. Jack Carpenter is serving 10 years in prison for growing medical marijuana in… Read more »

Sharanda Jones

Sharanda was a first-time offender sentenced to life without parole for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. President Obama commuted her sentence on December 18, 2015. UPDATE: Sharanda was released in 2016.   On November 2, 2015, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore devoted a segment to Sharanda’s case and the call for her release. Taxpayers… Read more »

Robert Furlong

Robert Furlong is serving 15 years in prison for growing marijuana – his first offense. Under the sentencing guidelines, Robert would have received about five years in prison, but the mandatory minimum sentencing laws left the judge with no option but to send Robert to prison for 15 years. Robert was a typical Midwestern kid… Read more »

John Hise

John received a 10-year sentence for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Although his role was limited to facilitating the movement of red phosphorus, a chemical used in the production of methamphetamine, John received a longer sentence than most of his codefendants. UPDATE: John was released in 2016. John Hise’s incarceration has been… Read more »

Dejarion Echols

Dejarion received a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence for possession with intent to distribute at least 50 grams of crack cocaine and an additional 10-year mandatory minimum sentence for possession of a firearm during the commission of a drug trafficking crime. His judge said, “This is one of those situations where I’d like to see a… Read more »

Timothy Tyler

UPDATE: On August 30, 2016, Tim Tyler was granted executive clemency after serving 22 years in federal prison. Tim will be released on August 30, 2018. Tim Tyler was sentenced to a mandatory life sentence in federal prison for selling LSD while traveling around the country following the Grateful Dead. He was 25 years old… Read more »