Before his federal life sentence, Alton had never been sentenced to a single day in prison. He was a low-level drug runner. The mandatory minimum law required the judge to impose a life sentence.  The judge called the punishment “cruel and unusual” for such a minor offender.  Alton Mills served 22 years of a mandatory federal life sentence before President Obama commuted his sentence on December 19, 2015. Today, Alton enjoys spending time with his family and, most of all, his first grandchild – a baby girl!

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