State Prisoners


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,… Read more »

After inmate uprising, Nebraska legislators talk of re-forming committee to investigate prison problems

As seen via via the Scottsbluff Star Herald Another inmate uprising at a Nebraska prison has two key state lawmakers considering whether to resurrect a special legislative committee to investigate the recent disturbances, as well as lingering problems with overcrowded cells and high staff turnover. State Sens. Bob Krist of Omaha and Laura Ebke of… Read more »

Lawmakers will consider private prison company to build a new state pen

Seen via the Casper Star Tribune Wyoming may enlist a private prison company to build a new state penitentiary if lawmakers opt against repairing the existing facility, which is cracking and shifting due to the unstable ground below it. Critics blasted the idea of contracting with a for-profit prison industry, considering Wyoming’s past troubles when sending… Read more »

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 »

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 »