FedFam4Life works with women in the federal prison system whose cases have a range of qualifications for assistance. We help Jailhouse Lawyers and incarcerated women acting on their own behalf to understand and leverage laws and factors that can potentially lead to clemency, sentence reduction, retroactivity in sentencing guidelines, compassionate release or transfer to a facility closer to their home and family.
Additionally, we advocate for women being denied their approved release to a halfway house due to the scarcity of beds when they have another place to go and a viable transition plan.
Ms. Turpin has served 14 years and been approved for one year of residency in a halfway house. However, her imprisonment is being protracted because the state of Ohio has only 7 beds available for women coming out of the federal prison system; compared with 189 for men. The RRC is denying her release to federal monitoring as an alternative because it has decided Ms. Turpin , "needs" the time in the halfway house. This dispensation has been made despite her significant accomplishments while incarcerated, a strong transition plan and practical assets such as a home and a bank account. Ms. Turpin is the author of 5 books, including "In Prison with Martha Stewart". She also recently completed her doctoral studies. An additional 6 months in prison in Rhonda Turpin's case would be unjust.
Tynice Hall was 22 years old when she was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison while her 40+ boyfriend, a drug kingpin was given 27 years. This is largely a case of guilt by proximity. She has served 13 years and stands to benefit from the Dimaya Law that was recently decided by the United States Supreme Court and offers reductions to women whose sentences were enhanced. Many of the guidelines in the new ruling are retroactive and we intend to press hard to win freedom for Tynice Hall.
Ms. Willis is a prime candidate for assistance. Her Judge was forced off the bench; her attorney who convinced her to sign a plea agreement sentencing her to 43 years has been disbarred. She has 5 children. She has had 2 heart surgeries while incarcerated. She has only a fifth grade education and there is evidence of cognitive challenges.