Name: Charles Tanner #08020-027
DOB: June 9, 1980
Race: African American
Will live: Indiana
Charges: 5 Kilos or more of powder cocaine
Sentence:Two life sentences reduced to 30 years in 2017 per a 2 pt reduction in the Sentencing Guidelines.
Sentenced on: May 2009 but arrested Sept.1, 2004, given no bond, convicted in 2006 but was not sentenced until May 2009.
Served: 14 years
Priors: none – First time offender
Prison Conduct: First disciplinary on Dec 14, 2017 for ginger (herb) from the kitchen
Clemency status: Denied 2016
Release date: 11/24/2030
Institution: FCI Allenwood Low
Media: Former Gary boxer’s life sentence reduced to 30 years
The rise and fall of Charles ‘Duke’ Tanner
- Over 1160 hours of programs
- Life Connections
- Vocational Building Trades (College Course)
- Inside out Dads
- Clerk for Commissary for USP Terre Haute for 3 plus years
- Life Connection Clerk
- Captain’s Orderly at USP McCreary plus an Orderly at every prison.
- View Tanner’s Accomplishments and Copies of Certificates
Supporters: Mayor of Gary Indiana, Karen M. Freeman-Wilson, CAN-DO Foundation
According to Charles:
I was arrested in 2004 for the first time in my life, which halted my promising boxing career and took me away from my 2 year old son and family. I was convicted for non-violent drug charges and given 2 Life sentences. I have been accountable and taken responsibility for my actions that sent me to prison.
I have been incarcerated now for 14 years, and have 12 years of incarceration remaining. I broke the law and I realize taking the short cut was bogus and detrimental. I used very poor judgment. I have paid a hefty price and severely, 11 years of my life in Maximum Security without any disciplinary problems that entire duration. I have lost my mother, my father, and my oldest brother.
In 2016, my sentence was commuted to 30 years through the retroactive implementation of the ‘Drug -2’ law. For the first time in 12 years, I woke up with a release date, and knew I was on the right track. My good standing with the BOP allowed me to transfer to a Low Security prison in Pennsylvania.
I have spent the time on self improvement and now have over 1160 hours of programs, Life Connections, Vocational Building Trades (College Course). Inside out Dads, Parenting, I was the Clerk for Commissary for USP Terre Haute for 3 plus years, Life Connection Clerk, and Captains Orderly at USP McCreary and a Orderly at every prison. I have developed in body, mind, and spirit and ready to be a productive asset to society.
My plans are to live in Indiana to be close to my son and where my significant other resides. I have numerous employment opportunities pending my release. I am extremely passionate about mentoring the youth as I have consistently and effectively done with inmates during my incarceration. I have plans for a non-profit business, which is currently in the planning stages. My goal is to pick up where my life was cut short and make it a favorable ending with a substantial positive contribution to society, utilizing all of my abilities and skills I have worked hard to acquire.
God had a plan for me. I had to go through this ordeal to be the man I am today. I have acquired many trades and skills that will enable me to be a productive member of society. I am now a new improved version of myself. It did not take me two LIFE sentences to achieve this growth. I have been accountable for my actions and am yearn to return to society a productive, morally, ethically, and spiritually intact Man. I humbly pray President Trump will agree that I deserve a second chance in the form of Executive Clemency. I will make him very proud if he chooses to favor me with his mercy.