Success Stories


Maria Martinez

In 2002, Maria was staying in the apartment of a friend of her boyfriend’s in Michigan when police raided the apartment and discovered approximately 20 pounds of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Although police conducting surveillance never witnessed Maria engaged in illegal activity, she ultimately received a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence. She was paroled in March… Read more »

Susan Taormino

Susan received two consecutive five to 30-year sentences in 2000 after selling a half gram of cocaine to a former customer-turned-informant. She was released on March 10, 2009. Susan was born in Michigan where her elderly parents still reside.  After a rough divorce in 1971, she began drinking and abusing cocaine.  She found a job… Read more »

Karen Shook

Karen was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 1993 after arranging a drug deal for a man who turned out to be an undercover police officer. She was released in 2003 after Michigan passed sentencing reforms that made her eligible for parole. In 1994, Karen was a paralegal in her prison library when she… Read more »