Phyllis "Grandma" Hardy
Background: Ms. Phyllis Hardy, affectionately known as “Grandma”, is a 70-year old mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who has served 22 years of a 30-year federal prison sentence for distribution of cocaine. She was sentenced to serve 366 months (30.5 years) under harsh federal drug sentencing laws that are now recognized as outdated and in need of immediate reform.
Ms. Hardy has been incarcerated since October 1991. Most of Ms. Hardy’s sentence has been served at the Federal Prison for Women in Danbury, Connecticut. Due to Ms. Hardy’s current deteriorating health, she has recently been relocated to the Federal Medical Center, Carswell, in Fort Worth, Texas, where she has still not received the necessary surgery to replace her knee, and other medical attention for respiratory problems and chronic pain in her cervical spine. She is now unable to walk and is in a wheelchair.
In addition to being separated from her support network at Danbury, the move to a prison in Texas has separated Ms. Hardy from her family. Her children and grandchildren are now thousands of miles away from her and unable to afford to visit her in Fort Worth, Texas.
During her years at Danbury, Ms. Hardy worked for the Unicor Prison Industry for 17 years and has an exemplary record as an incarcerated person which includes participation in 2012 in the U.S. District Attorney’s Choices Program that educated youth about incarceration and making better choices. Ms. Hardy also participated in the making of the film “The 5k Motion”, also for the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.
In consideration of the recent policy changes made by the Obama Administration for release of elderly and infirm incarcerated people, and in consideration of the many years that Ms. Phyllis Hardy has served in federal prison as an exemplary person, we ask that Ms. Hardy be released and allowed to seek medical attention in her community and with the aid of her family that has stuck by her and is waiting to receive her upon her release. No one should be subjected to a life sentence if they were not sentenced to one.
Please join Families For Justice As Healing, RH Reality Check, and the family and supporters of Ms. Phyllis “Grandma” Hardy in gaining her freedom. 22 years is long enough.