Obama Grants Clemency To Non-Violent Drug Offenders

Yesterday, the President of the United States granted clemency to 46 non-violent drug offenders that are currently incarcerated in federal prison.  President Barack Obama is committed to using all the tools at his disposal to correct the unfair policies within our criminal justice system.  

In his letter to those granted commutation, he explains, "The power to grant pardons and clemency is one of the most profound authorities granted to the President of the United States."  To this day, the POTUS has granted 90 commutations.  Majority of those granted were considered non-violent offenders that have been sentenced for drug crimes under outdated sentencing rules.

In his official statement, Obama said, "I’m commuting the sentences of 46 prisoners who were convicted many years or in some cases decades ago. These men and women were not hardened criminals, but the overwhelming majority had been sentenced to at least 20 years."  It's great to have our nation's leader realize the harshness of the criminal justice system on some of the country's criminals.  Anthony Papa, media relations manager for the Drug Policy Alliance, is delighted to see that Obama is making such changes.  Papa served 12 years in a New York State prison under the notorious Rockefeller Drug Laws and was thankfully granted clemency in 1997.  “I hope this sends a message to governors of states that have the power to grant clemencies to those who deserve a chance to be reunited with their families,” he said.