President Barack Obama stated this past Monday that he has liberated dozens of federal inmates, as part of the actions to counteract draconian penalties given out to people who are nonviolent drug offenders in the past.
Close to 50 inmates who had time knocked off their sentence stands for a small amount of the tens of thousands of prisoners who have applied. The U.S. Justice Department focus their efforts mainly on applications from inmates who are nonviolent, low-level offenders, have already served a least 10 years in prison, and would have gotten a much lower sentence if charges lead to a conviction today, among other key points.
“I am granting your application because you have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around,” Obama wrote in a letter to the inmates. “Now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity. It will not be easy, and you will confront many who doubt people with criminal records can change. Perhaps even you are unsure of how you will adjust to your new circumstances.”
Obama has currently issued close to 90 commutations, the majority of them being nonviolent criminals sentenced for drug offenses under outdated sentencing rules.
Thanks to demanding mandatory minimums and various laws, a good amount of nonviolent drug offenders have been dealt a life sentence without parole. One applicant for clemency was Dicky Joe Jackson, who was busted for selling meth to fund his purpose to get a bone marrow transplant for his son, he gave information to The Huffington Post earlier in the week that the has witnessed “child molesters come inane out of here, rapist come in and out of here, murderers come in and out here,” however he was still serving a life sentence without parole.
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