The policy discussion around the President’s constitutional power to commute sentences has been reinvigorated.  The Obama Administration, like yesterday’s Ford and Kennedy Administrations, recognized that a direct path to correct the flaws of drug law sentencing is through a systematic exercise of the clemency power. As such, the Obama Administration called for the identification and vetting of long-standing drug cases, particularly where there has been a later change in the law.

On June 6, 2019 President Donald Trump granted clemency to Alice Marie Johnson, a grandmother who served over 21 years in prison for a non-violent drug offense. Click HERE for information and background news regarding Alice Marie Johnson and her ultimately successful quest for freedom.

OTHER CLEMENCY SPOTLIGHTS, both successful and still pending: President Obama Offers Ongoing ClemencyWilliam Underwood, Ronald Blount, 25 women, Leonard Peltier, Weldon Angelos (granted clemency 6.3.16), Clemency Recipient Norman Brown, Angela C. Wright, Marcus Garvey

 

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