Sentence: 25 Years
Offense: Conspiracy to Sell, Manufacture and Distribute Methamphetamine, Marijuana
Priors: First Offense
Time Served: 13 Years
Left Behind: 2 Daughters, 6 Grandchildren
The guards led Nancy Furneau into the visitors area shackled at her hands and feet, despite the fact that she requires the assistance of a walker. Her bright orange jumpsuit indicated that she was serving a punishment in the SHU, or special housing unit, the result of a disagreement with the prison’s new doctor whom she feels isn’t giving her adequate care for her numerous health problems.
At 65, Nancy has served 14 years behind bars with more than three years of her sentence left to serve after being denied clemency by President Obama. “This place used to be a good place but now they treat you like dirt and retaliate against you,” Furneau said. Her many attempts at calling attention to inmates medical problems has provoked the ire of prison officials, she says.
But Furneau won’t be dissuaded, sending letters monthly to President Trump and Attorney General Sessions informing them of the lack of care at the prison, as well as pleading for the new administration to follow through with Obama’s legacy of clemency. “He’s a businessman so I think if the letters got to him, he’s a compassionate man and he would let people out,” she said of President Trump. And with over 12 surgeries in prison, a removed kidney from cancer, suffering a stroke, along with other health problems, compassion is what Fureneau needs “instead of probably dying in prison.”