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

 

Recent news on Commutations and Pardons

News
Los Angeles Times
Aug 11, 2019

Gov. Newsom grants pardon to Susan Burton, who assists women returning to society after prison
News
The New York Times
Aug 9, 2019

Cyntoia Brown Is Freed From Prison in Tennesse
Press Release
Unlock Higher Ed Coalition
Jul 22, 2019

Briefing on Unlocking Higher Education for Justice-Involved People

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