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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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Compassionate Release Clearinghouse: Lea Anne Blystone

Lea Anne Blystone was sentenced to seven years in federal prison. She wasn’t sentenced to die. But when COVID hit her prison, her medical conditions made her especially vulnerable to the potentially fatal disease. Here, she describes her journey from...Read More
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Issue: Compassionate Release

Gerald Tarboro: A Story of Second Chances

My story is about two second chances. The first is mine – I got one. I spent 11 years in prison, and I was released a little early because of the First Step Act. The other one I want to...Read More
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Issue: Reentry

Compassionate Release Clearinghouse: Ernest Boykin

Ernest Boykin was 41, not halfway through a 15-year sentence in federal prison, and COVID had been hitting prisons hard for months. He had underlying medical conditions that put him at high risk if he contracted the disease, and on...Read More
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Issue: Compassionate Release

Jomari DeLeon: Bajo presión, eligió una decisión terrible

Jomari DeLeon hizo dos ventas de drogas durante el curso de 24 horas, ganando menos que $200. ¿Una reina de droga? De ninguna forma. No obstante, siendo su primer delito fue condenada a 15 años. Ni siquiera el juez quería...Read More
State: Florida
Issue: Sentencing

Clearinghouse para Liberación Compasiva: Damiene Lewis

El 24 de abril, 2020, Damiene Lewis recibió la liberación compasiva y se le envió a su casa. “Eso es una gran bendición,” él dice ahora, desde la casa de su madre en Baton Rouge. Su liberación fue un proceso...Read More
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Issue: Compassionate Release

Success on the Inside: “To Be the Men We Were Taught to Be”

When he was 12 years old, Lee Horton needed help. It was 1977, and he’d just moved to town when he was jumped by a group of boys looking to pick on the new kid. Help arrived in the form...Read More
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State: Pennsylvania
Issue: Clemency

Charles Brown: Moving Forward to Give Back

It doesn’t take a lot these days to make me happy. Being with family makes me smile. Just sitting on my steps, listening to music, watching people go by. Some stop to chat, some say hi, and others simply walk by....Read More
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State: Pennsylvania
Issue: Sentencing

Claire’s Story: Advocacy Starts Small, Then Blossoms

My name is Claire Tate. I am the vice president of the Arizona criminal justice reform nonprofit the S.T.A.R.T. Project (Striving to Achieve Reform Together), one of FAMM’s partners. We are on a mission to band together system-impacted family members...Read More
State: Arizona
Issue: Sentencing

Andrea’s Story: Their Trust Is an Honor

Andrea Davis advocates tirelessly for people in prison and their families with FAMM, Florida Cares, and other groups. She coordinates the efforts of Florida Cares in outreach for school supplies and Christmas gifts for the children of the incarcerated. Here...Read More
State: Florida
Issue: Sentencing