State Prisoners

 

Florida’s largest privately-operated women’s prison is in danger zone. Lawmaker wants Gov. Scott to act

Originally seen in Miami Herald Warning that inmate health and safety is at risk at the state’s largest privately run women’s prison, Rep. David Richardson on Thursday asked Gov. Rick Scott to use his emergency powers to replace the top officers and take state control of Gadsden Correctional Facility. In a letter delivered late Thursday, Richardson… Read more »


Michael Giles

Michael is a veteran serving a mandatory 25-year sentence under Florida’s 10-20-Life law after he fired two shots in self-defense, shots that did not seriously injure his attacker. On Feb. 6, 2010, active duty air force serviceman Michael Giles was invited to a Tallahassee nightclub by a few of his friends. Giles, a young father,… Read more »


Orville Lee Wollard

Orville is serving a mandatory 20-year prison sentence under Florida’s 10-20-Life law after firing a bullet into a wall to scare off his daughter’s abusive boyfriend. Orville Lee Wollard typifies what it means to be an American. He has spent his life bettering himself to get ahead – and for his family. After receiving an… Read more »


Ronald Thompson

Ronald, a disabled veteran, was sentenced to a mandatory 20 years in prison under Florida’s 10-20-Life law after he fired warning shots to protect a friend. Ronald Thompson is a 100% disabled veteran who spent 14 years in the Army (1966-1980). After his service, Thompson remained active in veterans’ affairs. In addition to acting as… Read more »


Eric Duphily

Eric was sentenced to 13 years in prison for trafficking cocaine to finance his addiction. He was granted parole in 2013 thanks to 2012 sentencing reforms. After finishing high school, Eric immediately began to work full-time in landscaping and construction. He learned his strong work ethic from his mother, who worked hard to provide for… Read more »


Marla Swearingen

Marla was sentenced to a 20-year mandatory prison term when she fired a warning shot to break up a fight. She appealed her case and ultimately served the remainder of a year in county jail. Compared to many people convicted under Florida’s 10-20-Life law, she was lucky. Marla Swearingen is a 50-year-old mother and grandmother… Read more »


Scott Earle

A first-time offender, Scott received a 25-year prison sentence for acting as a middleman between a painkiller supplier and an undercover police officer who told Scott she was experiencing back pain. Scott began using painkillers after a sports injury when he was a teenager. After being in several car accidents, his dependence on the medication… Read more »