Federal Prisoners


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 »

Derrick Cain

Derrick started selling cocaine to finance his wife’s education and support his family. He was sentenced to five years in prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine, plus an additional five years for possession of a firearm, even though Derrick’s gun was never used in connection with cocaine sales. Derrick Cain was sentenced to… 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 »

Douglas Lindsay

A veteran and a Mental Retardation Specialist, Douglas received a life-without-parole sentence for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and cocaine base. President Obama granted him a commutation on July 13, 2015, and he was released on November 10, 2015. The Daily Signal profiled Douglas and documented his first days of… Read more »

Telisha Watkins

Addicted to drugs from an early age, Telisha was sentenced to a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, because of drug-related priors. President Obama granted her a commutation on July 13, 2015, and she was released on November 10, 2015. Telisha was born… Read more »

Ricky Minor

Ricky is serving a life-without-parole sentence for attempting to manufacture methamphetamine. His sentence is based on prior offenses, even though none of them resulted in prison time. He had been fighting addiction and depression for years when he was sentenced. President Obama commuted Ricky’s sentence on October 6, 2016. When Ricky Minor married the love of… Read more »