A Commutation Gratitude Story
The Hill
June 13, 2016

“In December 2006, after I had served 14 years in federal prison, President Bush commuted my 22-year sentence. He took a chance on me, and that second chance changed my life… It is critical that judges have the discretion to consider each individual’s situation. But mandatory minimum sentences don’t give judges any discretion. Such sentences actually take judges completely out of the equation… Our Governor in Iowa, Terry Branstad, just signed a bill that will allow the early release of hundreds of people serving drug felony sentences in Iowa.”

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