In the 90’s, Kemba Smith Pradia went from college student to drug dealer’s girlfriend to domestic violence victim to federal prisoner; and was sentenced to 24.5 years in prison. Kemba’s case drew support from across the nation. Often labeled the “poster child” for reversing a disturbing trend in the rise of lengthy sentences for first-time, non-violent drug offenders, Kemba’s story was featured on a variety of television shows and featured in several publications. The support prompted then President Clinton to commute her sentence in December, 2000.
Today, Kemba is a wife, mother, author, public speaker, advocate and consultant.