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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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Home Confinement, the CARES Act, and the OLC Memo: Keep Them Home!

At this moment, thousands of people safely completing their sentences at home are living in fear that they’ll be sent back to federal prison through...
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Diane’s Story: I Moved 180 Degrees on Compassion

Diane has been a part of the FAMMily for years now. She is a tireless advocate for her husband, and she is a source of...
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Jomari DeLeon: Pressured Into a Terrible Decision

Jomari DeLeon made two drug sales over 24 hours, making less than $200. Kingpin? Hardly. Yet this first-time offender was sentenced to 15 years. Even...
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Fulton “Mr. Wash” Washington

Once a young man with a promising future, Fulton ended up in prison for nonviolent offenses related to the drug PCP. Mandatory minimums landed him with a life sentence. He spent more than 21 years in prison before receiving clemency...Read More
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Issue: Reentry

Shirley Schmitt: “She Never Sold a Single Ounce for Profit”

Shirley is serving a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence for her role in a methamphetamine conspiracy – which never sold a single ounce of the drug for profit and was only created to feed her addiction.  Read More
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Issue: Mandatory Minimums

William Forrester

William Forrester became addicted to pain medication after surgery. In the fierce grip of his disease, he obtained oxycodone with a fake prescription. He badly needed help with his addiction; instead, he is now in state prison. UPDATE: William was...Read More
State: Florida
Issue: Mandatory Minimums

My Story: Cassie M.

Cassie’s husband Chris is in prison for six years on a wire fraud charge. They married just months before his incarceration, and the years since have made her an outspoken and fearless advocate for criminal justice reform. She shares here...Read More
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Issue: Mandatory Minimums

Weldon Angelos

Weldon was serving 55 years in federal prison for three counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and various charges related to marijuana trafficking. He was released on May 31, 2016, after a federal...Read More
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Issue: Sentencing

Katie Hoyle: A Second Chance at College…And Life

Four years ago this month, Katie Hoyle finally walked free out of prison. Now, she’s planning to walk across the stage of Iowa State University in the spring of 2018 to receive her college degree.  Read More
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Issue: Sentencing

Terrance Davis: 101 Feet and 22 Years

Because of the Drug-Free School Zone Act in Tennessee, this low-level drug offender is serving a decade longer than he would have without that enhancement. UPDATE: Terrance was released from prison in 2020.  Read More
State: Tennessee
Issue: Drug-free school zone law

Debi Campbell: “I Know Exactly What They Mean”

Debi became addicted to methamphetamine in the early 1990s and began selling it to others because she thought the extra money would help keep her family together. She was sentenced to 19 years and seven months under federal sentencing guidelines....Read More
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Issue: Sentencing

Eric Wilson

“I want to be part of the solution and no longer part of the problem. One bad decision does not have to define you; you can change if in your heart you want to change.” -Eric Wilson UPDATE: Eric Wilson’s...Read More
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Issue: Sentencing