Jimmy Dee Stout had served about half of his 15-year sentence for a drug conviction when he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer last year. He learned about compassionate release from another prisoner, and was released last October with help from Families Against Mandatory Minimums. Stout now lives with his brother in Round Rock, Texas. (JULIA ROBINSON FOR KHN)

A law was meant to free sick or aging inmates. Instead, some are left to die in prison

BY: - February 27, 2023

Federal data shows judges rejected more than 80% of compassionate release requests filed from October 2019 through September 2022.