Former Prisoners


Marcus Boyd

Marcus received a 169-month sentence for distribution and possession with intent to distribute 37.4 grams of crack, even though only 5.6 grams were attributed to him at the time of his arrest. He was released in 2009 due to the crack sentencing guidelines retroactivity amendment. Marcus began using drugs shortly after his mother’s death in 1993. He… 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 »

Michael Brandon Shuler

Michael served a 15-year prison sentence for possessing a firearm as a felon, even though he was simply transporting his late mother’s shotgun and pistol to his aunt’s house when he was arrested. He was released in 2015. Michael lived with his father in Lee County, Virginia until the age of 12. His father was… Read more »