30 year sentence for nonviolent drug offense • in prison for 17 years • Pres. Obama ordered Tyrie’s freedom on August 30, 2016
Tyrie Bell was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison. His crime: He sold pellets of crack to an undercover informant. Tyrie spent 17 years locked up, but he used his time wisely. He enrolled in college correspondence classes, earned a 3.7 GPA and received his associate’s degree in Business Management, all while working 10,000 hours in the federal prison’s work program. President Obama commuted Tyrie’s 30-year sentence on August 30, 2016. Since his release, Tyrie is putting his business degree to good use. He earned a commercial driver’s license and launched Q & B Logistics, a trucking company that transports exotic cars. For Tyrie, decarceration means entrepreneurship and self-determination.