Former Prisoners

 

Mandy Martinson

Mandy Martinson was 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 »


Fulton “Mr. Wash” Washington

Once a young man with a promising future, Fulton ended up in prison for nonviolent offenses related to the drug PCP. Mandatory minimums landed him with a life sentence. He spent more than 21 years in prison before receiving clemency in 2016. He has dedicated his life to the creation of art that reflects his… Read more »


Charceil Kellam

Charceil was 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. On August 3, 2016, President Obama commuted Charceil’s sentence. She… Read more »


Ramona Brant

In 1995, Ramona was sentenced to life in prison for a cocaine offense related to an abusive boyfriend’s drug dealing. Although her sentencing judge said he was “shocked at the severity of the sentence,” he had no legal discretion to sentence her to less time. After spending 20 years in prison, Ramona received a commutation from President… Read more »


Alton Mills

Alton was 25 years old when he received a mandatory life-without-parole sentence for conspiracy to traffic crack and powder cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and use of a telephone to commit a drug crime. President Obama commuted Alton’s sentence on December 18, 2015, and he was released in 2016. “Alton has now… Read more »


Success Story: Yolanda Flournah-Perkins

In 2004, two semesters before she was set to graduate from the University of Central Florida with a degree in criminal justice, then-23-year-old Yolanda Perkins was sentenced to 37 months in prison for possession of stolen mail, a white-collar offense. Since her 2006 release, Yolanda has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees and published a book… Read more »


Sherman Chester

Sherman received a life-without-parole sentence when he was 27 years old for his involvement in a drug conspiracy. Because of his two prior drug possession convictions and the federal three-strikes mandatory sentencing law, Sherman’s judge couldn’t hand down a sentence that fit the crime, but on Dec. 18, 2015, President Obama commuted Sherman’s life sentence. He… Read more »