State Prisoners

 

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 »


Marissa Alexander

Marissa was sentenced to a mandatory 20-year prison term under Florida’s 10-20-Life law for firing a warning shot to scare off her abusive husband. Even the law’s author seemed to think the sentence was inappropriate. In 2014, however, her sentence was overturned, and in 2015, Marissa was released after three years of incarceration, receiving two… Read more »


Robert Anger

Twenty-two years old and selling drugs to finance his drug addiction, Robert was arrested during a drug transaction, along with the supplier. The supplier fled before trial, and Robert received a mandatory 15-year sentence for trafficking over 200 grams of cocaine, based solely on the weight of the cocaine. At sentencing, Judge Judd J. Carhart… Read more »


Eric K. Arthur

Eric was working as a pharmacist when a customer and his wife offered to start paying him hundreds of dollars for each false painkiller prescription he filled. He agreed so he could provide for his relatives in Ghana, and he is now serving a mandatory 25-year sentence for conspiracy to traffic 28 grams or more… Read more »


Todd Hannigan

Following years of addiction and stints behind bars, in 2009, Todd went to a park and tried to end his life with a handful of Vicodin and alcohol. For that, he is now serving 15 years in prison for trafficking between 14 to 28 grams of hydrocodone, even though he demonstrated no intention of selling… Read more »