Eugene Downs is in federal prison years longer than justice demands. On August 2, 2010 Downs was sentenced to a 10 –year mandatory minimum for distribution of 50 grams of crack cocaine. The very next day, President Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act, a law that limited mandatory minimum sentences for crack cocaine. If Downs had been sentenced one day later, he would be free today.
Only legislative action by Congress to apply the sentencing reductions of the Fair Sentencing Act retroactively can help him and thousands like him in federal prison serving time on sentences now broadly understood as unfair.
Sign this petition urging President Trump to support bipartisan legislation to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, reduce racial disparity and provide relief to thousands serving excessive punishments.