Former Prisoners


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 »

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. UPDATE: Derrick was released to… Read more »

David Brian Veatch

When his wife fell down a flight of stairs and couldn’t return to work, David became involved in a coworker’s marijuana conspiracy to make ends meet. When the coworker was arrested, law enforcement held David accountable for the entire weight of marijuana produced by the conspiracy despite his limited involvement, and because he also possessed a… Read more »

Angelita Able

Angelita received 20 to 60 years in prison for 225-649 grams of cocaine. While she did not initially benefit from Michigan’s 2003 sentencing reforms, she wrote the court and was ultimately resentenced to six to 30 years. She was released from prison in 2007. Angelita received 20 to 60 years for 225-649 grams of cocaine…. Read more »