With the stroke of a pen, President Obama on Tuesday doubled the number of commutations he has granted to individuals in federal prison since taking office, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The move cleared the way for the release of 22 people convicted of drug offenses, many of whom had been sentenced to decades or even life in prison. The commutations were part of a larger effort by the Obama Administration to reduce disparities in drug sentencing and scale back mandatory minimum prison sentences.
The 43 commutations by Obama to date are but a tiny percent of the total serving time for drugs.
“With around 100,000 people in federal prison serving drug sentences, there is a lot more work to be done,” said Jeremy Haile, a lawyer for The Sentencing Project, an advocacy group.
Read more in the Los Angeles Times.
June 14, 2016
The Color of Justice 2016 Report
African Americans are incarcerated in state prisons across the country at more than five times the rate of whites, and at least ten times the rate in five states. This report documents the rates of incarceration for whites, African Americans, and Hispanics in each state, identifies three contributors to racial and ethnic disparities in imprisonment, and provides recommendations for reform.
October 07, 2021
Sign-on Letter: Pass the Redefinition of Child Amendment Act of 2021
Justice organizations urge the Mayor and the Council of the District of Columbia to pass Bill 4-0338, the Redefinition of Child Amendment Act of 2021 as a necessary, common sense approach to juvenile justice reform that will create better outcomes for youth and communities, will treat children as children, and will make significant steps forward in advancing racial equity.