Success Stories

 

Success Story: 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 sentence was commuted by President Obama in 2016. He will be released in 2026… Read more »


Success Story: Elizabeth Melson

Elizabeth was a shy child and adolescent who struggled with self-esteem issues from an early age. Problems for Elizabeth became worse during her teens, around the time of her parents’ separation and divorce. As a teenager, she experimented with alcohol, drugs and risky behaviors, which led to trouble at school with her academics. Paradoxically, although… Read more »


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 in 2016. He has dedicated his life to the creation of art that reflects his… Read more »


Success Story: Yolanda Flournah-Perkins

In 2004, two semesters before she was set to graduate from the University of Central Florida with a degree in criminal justice, then-23-year-old Yolanda Perkins was sentenced to 37 months in prison for possession of stolen mail, a white-collar offense. Since her 2006 release, Yolanda has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees and published a book… Read more »


JeDonna Young

JeDonna was arrested in 1978 when police targeting her boyfriend found nearly three pounds of heroin in her car. Although both JeDonna and her boyfriend maintained that she knew nothing about the heroin, she was sentenced to life without parole under Michigan’s 650 Lifer Law. She was released in 1998 after Michigan passed sentencing reform…. Read more »


Angelita Able

Angelita received 20 to 60 years in prison for 225-649 grams of cocaine. While she did not initially benefit from Michigan’s 2003 sentencing reforms, she wrote the court and was ultimately resentenced to six to 30 years. She was released from prison in 2007. Angelita received 20 to 60 years for 225-649 grams of cocaine…. Read more »


Charles Dunn

When we first published his story, below, Charles was serving a 30-year sentence in federal prison for running a large cocaine conspiracy. Despite his “kingpin” conviction, he was transferred to a camp in 2009 for extraordinary rehabilitation and persistent community service. He has since been released from prison early. We will keep you posted about… Read more »