She’s Making Lemonade Out Of Lemons

By Kerri Sandaine
Lewiston Tribune, Idaho

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) After realizing that she was actually serving a life sentence for mistakes she had made in the past, Layne Pavey formed a lobbying group called “I Did the Time” and traveled to Olympia to persuade Washington lawmakers to make criminal justice reforms. The group is now establishing a nonprofit organization called “Revive Center for Returning Citizens.”


If you read her resume, you probably wouldn’t guess Layne Pavey spent almost two years in federal prison on a cocaine charge.

The other details — former Clarkston Junior Miss, college athlete, coach and real estate agent — make sense.

And academic All-American, team captain and conference home run champion are definitely in her wheelhouse.

But a convicted felon who spiraled into suicidal thoughts and despair? It’s doubtful anyone who knew Pavey in high school saw that coming.

By most standards, the 34-year-old Spokane resident grew up in a good family and had everything it takes to succeed.

Her father, Rick, played baseball at Washington State University and owned Domino’s Pizza franchises in Lewiston, Clarkston, Pullman and Moscow. Her mother, Zig, is a longtime school teacher and coach who devoted her life to kids, including the couple’s three daughters.

Pavey and her younger sisters were honor roll students and high achievers.

When she went to college, Pavey excelled on and off the softball diamond at Montana State University Billings, where she was the star catcher for the Yellow Jackets.

A few years later, she felt the sting of the law.

In 2010, this tight-knit family’s world unraveled when Pavey was sentenced to 20 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

How she wound up there involves a man, a recession, denial and depression.

“I have never even done the drug I went to prison for,” Pavey said. “I accepted drug money to pay the mortgage on a house in my name and let my (former) boyfriend use my car, and I ended up behind bars.”

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