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 »

Mandy Martinson

Mandy Martinson is serving 15 years in federal prison for helping her dealer-boyfriend in exchange for feeding her methamphetamine addiction. Mandy’s judge, unable to go below the mandatory minimum, expressed his objection to the sentence, stating: “The Court does not have any particular concern that Ms. Martinson will commit crimes in the future.” Mandy was… 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. Jack Carpenter is serving 10 years in prison for growing medical marijuana in California. Despite his efforts to abide by state… 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. 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 »