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A Lifetime of Remorse and Service to Others

Too many people in Pennsylvania are serving long prison terms that don’t make communities safer. There are plenty of people locked up like David Mandeville,...
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“A Good Man!” When Sentencing Enhancements Add 45 Years

“My roots weren’t strong, and when the storms of life came, I couldn’t hold on,” says Charles Scott, currently serving more than 51 years in...
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When a Second Chance Means Powerhouse Advocacy

There’s nothing romantic about prison. But here’s a FAMM story that’s undeniably romantic. It’s about what happens when fierce advocacy, Fantasy Football, 35 birthday cards,...
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A Racist Disparity, the EQUAL Act, and One Man’s Redemption

The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 reduced the disparity in sentencing for crack cocaine and powder cocaine offenses from 100:1 to 18:1. But true justice...
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He Went Into Prison a Healthy Man. Now He Weighs 110 Lbs.

My name is Mary Buffaloe and I’m 65 years old. I live in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, and I’m a customer service representative for the University of Pennsylvania Heath System. My brother is Raymond Calliman, and he’s serving a life sentence...Read More
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Issue: Drug-free school zone law
Steven Hawthorne

“What’s Your Legacy Going to Be?” A Second Chance at Life

Steven Hawthorne’s story shows how second chances make sense. When he got his second chance and was released from Illinois state prison, Steven started building a productive life of service — and he hasn’t stopped since. Right now, there are...Read More
State: Illinois
Issue: Sentencing

A Second Chance So Dahvon Can Be “Part of the Solution”

Too many people in Illinois are serving long prison terms that don’t make communities safer, like Dahvon Wilson. There are plenty of people locked up who do not pose a risk to public safety, yet languish in prison for decades...Read More
State: Illinois
Issue: Sentencing

A Lifetime of Remorse and Service to Others

Too many people in Pennsylvania are serving long prison terms that don’t make communities safer. There are plenty of people locked up like David Mandeville, who do not pose a risk to public safety yet languish in prison for decades...Read More
State: Pennsylvania
Issue: Sentencing

Allissia’s Story: “I Don’t Deserve to Die”

Too many people in Arizona are serving long prison terms that don’t make communities safer. There are plenty of people locked up who do not pose a risk to public safety yet languish in prison for decades, some of them...Read More
State: Arizona
Issue: Clemency

“A Good Man!” When Sentencing Enhancements Add 45 Years

“My roots weren’t strong, and when the storms of life came, I couldn’t hold on,” says Charles Scott, currently serving more than 51 years in federal prison – 45 of which are “stacked” mandatory enhancements.  Read More
State:
Issue: Sentencing

On Different Sides of a Prison Wall, Two Women Fight for Second Chances

Consider yourself lucky if you’ve got Georgean Arsons rooting for you. Her day job over the years has been in corporate America, but her superpower is criminal justice reform work. She has advocated from her home in Sea Bright, N.J.,...Read More
State:
Issue: Clemency

“Both of Our Mothers Lost a Son That Day”

Gary Kyles has spent his entire adult life incarcerated. Arrested at 18, sentenced to life without the possibility of parole at 20. He is now 60, and has shown himself to be a very different person than he was 42...Read More
State: Pennsylvania
Issue: Sentencing

One Woman’s Fight for a Second Chance for Her Best Friend

Too many people are serving long prison terms that don’t make us safer, and our laws don’t give them a second chance. Most governors have the authority to shorten excessive prison terms but often fail to use their clemency power...Read More
State: Virginia
Issue: Clemency