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Kelli Caron is in her seventh year of a 14-year sentence she received for her non-violent, low-level role in a meth distribution conspiracy. Her participation was driven by her own meth addiction. After the prosecutor threatened her with a mandatory life sentence through the filing of a recidivist enhancement notice, Ms. Caron accepted a plea deal that would keep her incarcerated until the age of 43, robbing her of her child-bearing years. If sentenced today, Ms. Caron would receive a sentence that would be one quarter of her current one. Ms. Caron has been an exemplary prisoner. Sentenced to serve a concurrent sentence in state prison for a probation violation (related to her federal case), she enrolled in college, learned trades and took care of sick prisoners. Her extraordinary record earned her the first Minnesota state-level commutation to an incarcerated person in 28 years, granted by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz in 2020.