Former Prisoners


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 »

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 »

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 will be released in 2016. “Alton has… Read more »

Barbra Scrivner

Barbra was addicted to meth as early as high school, and later, when she was struggling to support her daughter, her incarcerated husband encouraged her to sell meth for his friends. Although she claims she ended her ties with the conspiracy as soon as she earned enough to pay her bills – and that her… Read more »

Michael Keating

In 2007, Michael was sentenced to 11 years and three months in prison for manufacturing a substance or mixture containing methamphetamine. He’d allowed an acquaintance to cook methamphetamine on his property, and although the wastewater that police found contained less than one gram of meth, his lengthy sentence reflected the entire 2,718.9-gram weight of the… Read more »

Bonnie DiToro

Bonnie was sentenced to 15 years in prison for trafficking cocaine, even though it was her drug-dealing boyfriend who facilitated the sale that got them arrested. “I got into trouble because I was a drug user, not a drug dealer,” Bonnie explains. “I needed help.” Bonnie was released in 2012 after serving 14 years of… Read more »