State Prisoners


Michelle Taylor

Michelle was sentenced to life in prison for lewdness with a minor under 14, even though a psychologist found she was unlikely to commit another offense and she had no history of sexual misconduct. In fact, she used alcohol as an adult to cope with the pain of sexual trauma from her own childhood. Under… Read more »

Tracy Cowan

Despite a clean record and no evidence proving that she sold drugs, Tracy was sentenced to 20 to 40 years for her ex-boyfriend’s dealing operation. She was arrested before the passage of sentencing reforms in Michigan that would have reduced her sentence. Tracy was raised in the Detroit area.  She enjoyed a happy childhood and… Read more »

James Belt

James is serving mandatory life without parole for distribution of 0.10 grams of crack cocaine because his addiction-related priors classified him as a habitual offender. James grew up in a public housing project in New Orleans, Louisiana with his three siblings. Through sheer determination and hard work, James graduated from high school, earned his Associates… Read more »