Jails / Prisons : Obama Plans Clemency for "Hundreds, Perhaps Thousands" of People Sentenced for Drug Law Violations

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Obama Plans Clemency for "Hundreds, Perhaps Thousands" of People Sentenced for Drug Law Violations

A White House official told Yahoo that President Obama is prepared to use his pardon power to grant clemency to “hundreds, perhaps thousands” of people who have been jailed for nonviolent drug crimes. The report said that the administration is making moves that will help it handle the increase in petitions that Mr. Obama is planning to sign off on before he leaves office. Last Tuesday, White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler said Obama has directed the Justice Department to improve its clemency recommendation process and recruit more applications from people behind bars for drug law violations..

The White House’s new moves would follow in the footsteps of a January announcement that the Obama administration would taking the unprecedented step of encouraging defense lawyers to suggest inmates whom the president might let out of prison early, as part of its effort to curtail severe penalties in low-level drug cases.

In December, President Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates convicted of non-violent drug offenses involving crack cocaine. Mr. Obama said the eight men and women had been sentenced under an “unfair system,” including the 100-to-1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses that was reduced to 18:1 by the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010.

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Obama Commutes Sentences in Crack Cocaine Cases

By Maya Rhodan @m_rhodan - Dec. 19, 2013

President Barack Obama moved Thursday to speed the release of eight federal prisoners serving lengthy terms for crack cocaine offenses, in his most aggressive push against the country’s strict drug sentencing laws.

Obama said he was granting clemency to the eight inmates and commuting their sentences, and that he would also give pardons to 13 convicts who have already been released. He said he would retroactively apply new sentencing guidelines and drug laws to the eight convicted felons who are still serving time, and six will be released by April 17. Under current law, Obama said, “many of them would have already served their time and paid their debt to society.”

“Commuting the sentences of these eight Americans is an important step toward restoring fundamental ideals of justice and fairness,” Obama said in a statement.

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Interesting.

I was thinking about where are the jobs for all of these men once they get out...where is the help to keep them from selling again and going back to jail?

It's all so bitter-sweet.
 

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