Ferrell Scott went to college on a full basketball scholarship. He even dunked on 7-foot NBA star Greg Anderson one time. He was a natural at sports and passed his athleticism on to his children. He remembers attending his children’s sporting events. He recognized and was amazed at their talent at such young ages. However, he has not seen his children nor any of his family members for a decade after being sentenced to life without parole on federal marijuana charges – a substance that is legal in many states.

He loves Blue Bell cookies & cream ice cream. One of his favorite books is Master of the Game by Sydney Shelton. A Dallas native, Ferrell is always rooting for the home teams: Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers, and of course America’s team – the Dallas Cowboys.

Ferrell was sentenced to life in prison when he was 45-years old. His children are now adults and he knows his absence has impacted them significantly, though they remain very close and communicate as often as they can. He misses them the most.

Reflecting on the day he was sentenced to life in prison he says, “to be honest I was kind of numb and could not believe that it could happen for a marijuana charge.”

He says he was in disbelief. It is a day too painful for him to think about.

He was recently diagnosed with depression. When the doctor told him that, Scott remarked, “Hell, I’ve been depressed for a long time.” He worries that he will never see his 95-year old mother again. His biggest fear is having to spend the rest of his life in prison. Ferrell’s father died six years ago on his birthday but he was unable to attend the funeral.

Ferrell holds onto the hope that one day he will be “walking out of here alive and not in a box.”

But, he contends, that “there’s always that doubt you may not.” When the thought of his fate starts to become overwhelming, Ferrell goes to one of his favorite scriptures, Proverbs 3:5-6.

If released, he would immediately go to his mother’s house and spend as much time with her as possible. He finds strength within himself by remembering “how it felt when I was sentenced to life and thought things couldn’t get any worse and remind myself that I recovered from that instance, and pray that I will recover from this too.” Ferrell continues to pray that this will only be a moment in his life that will pass and that he will be released to be reunited with his children and family.

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