Federal Prisoners

 

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. She will be 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. John Hise’s incarceration has been devastating for his family. His elderly… 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 »


Michael McClain

Due to mandatory minimums, Michael was sentenced to 15 years for his role in a meth conspiracy and his simultaneous possession of a firearm. Judge Ortie Smith called the case “heartbreaking.” Michael was born in Springfield, Missouri. After his parents’ divorce when he was seven, Michael bounced between his mother and father. He struggled with… Read more »


Charles Dunn

Charles is serving a 30-year sentence in federal prison for running a large cocaine conspiracy. Despite his “kingpin” conviction, he was transferred to a camp in 2009 for extraordinary rehabilitation and persistent community service. In 1992, 23-year-old Charles Dunn was convicted of running a large cocaine conspiracy in Columbus, Ohio. Instead of cooperating with the… Read more »