Former Prisoners


Stephanie George

Stephanie was sentenced to life without parole when she was only 26 years old for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base. At sentencing, Stephanie’s judge said that her role had “basically been as a girlfriend and bag holder and money holder. So certainly, in my judgment, it doesn’t warrant a life sentence.”… Read more »

Stephanie Nodd

Stephanie Nodd served 21 years of a 30-year sentence for her involvement in a crack cocaine conspiracy. She was released in 2011 after reforms to the crack cocaine sentencing guidelines were made retroactive. Read this message from Stephanie from 2012, a year after her release from prison: My name is Stephanie Nodd. Last year at this… Read more »

Reynolds Wintersmith

Reynolds, a first-time offender, was sentenced to life without parole for his role in a crack cocaine conspiracy. He got involved in the conspiracy as a minor, surrounded by family members and family friends who used, cooked, packaged, and sold crack cocaine. At sentencing Reynolds’ judge, “I think it gives me pause to think that… Read more »

Darlene Eckles

Darlene was sentenced in 2007 to nearly 20 years in prison for her minor involvement in her brother’s drug dealing. Her sentence was reduced from 235 months to 188 months in 2010 under the Sentencing Commission’s retroactive crack amendment, and then again to 155 months under the 2011 retroactive crack guideline amendment. She was released… Read more »

Natasha Darrington

Natasha Darrington

Darrington was arrested in 1997 as part of her husband’s crack cocaine conspiracy and sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison. Thanks to reforms to the crack cocaine sentencing guidelines, she was released on March 3, 2008. After her release, she graduated with a 4.0 GPA and a Master’s in Public Administration from… Read more »

JeDonna Young

JeDonna was arrested in 1978 when police targeting her boyfriend found nearly three pounds of heroin in her car. Although both JeDonna and her boyfriend maintained that she knew nothing about the heroin, she was sentenced to life without parole under Michigan’s 650 Lifer Law. She was released in 1998 after Michigan passed sentencing reform…. Read more »

Calandra Calloway

A mother of two, Calandra was convicted of conspiracy to distribute 1.5 kilograms of crack and sentenced to a 14-year prison term – the minimum for a first-time offender under federal sentencing guidelines. In 2011 and 2012, her sentence was reduced thanks to retroactive changes in the guidelines. Calandra was born and raised in North… Read more »