Critical Cases

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.

 
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Rhonda Turpin

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. 

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Tynice Hall

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.  Go to the link below to support Tynice and sign her petition.

 Deshawn Dye has been incarcerated for more than half of his life for an accident he caused when he was only 17 years old. As a teenager, he was a handed the daunting sentence of 15 to life in an adult prison. After serving 18 years, Deshawn is now being held indefinitely. The legal community and corrections experts alike now view life sentencing for minors as not only ineffective but counter-productive to the supposed rehabilitative purpose of the juvenile justice system. That developing understanding is reflected in the recent Supreme Court decisions making it extremely difficult to incarcerate a young person for the rest of his life. Deshawn has been away from his life long enough; it is time for him to come home.   A group of CUNY School of Law students have connected with  FedFam4Life  advocates to work with Deshawn and help ensure his freedom. We have found a lawyer ready to fight for Deshawn, and are now working to raise the funds so he can access the legal advocacy necessary to bring him back to his family and his community.   We so appreciate whatever you can contribute to help bring Deshawn home!

Deshawn Dye has been incarcerated for more than half of his life for an accident he caused when he was only 17 years old. As a teenager, he was a handed the daunting sentence of 15 to life in an adult prison. After serving 18 years, Deshawn is now being held indefinitely. The legal community and corrections experts alike now view life sentencing for minors as not only ineffective but counter-productive to the supposed rehabilitative purpose of the juvenile justice system. That developing understanding is reflected in the recent Supreme Court decisions making it extremely difficult to incarcerate a young person for the rest of his life. Deshawn has been away from his life long enough; it is time for him to come home.

A group of CUNY School of Law students have connected with FedFam4Life advocates to work with Deshawn and help ensure his freedom. We have found a lawyer ready to fight for Deshawn, and are now working to raise the funds so he can access the legal advocacy necessary to bring him back to his family and his community.

We so appreciate whatever you can contribute to help bring Deshawn home!