DOJ Announces Broadened Clemency Criteria for Drug Offenders
On Monday, the Justice Department announced it would soon be implementing new and broader criteria for drug offenders seeking clemency.
Today, the Justice Department announced the new criteria. It is a welcome sea change:
The Justice Department is encouraging nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already served more than 10 years behind bars to apply for clemency, officials announced Wednesday.
The new criteria:
- They are currently serving a federal sentence in prison and, by operation of law, likely would have received a substantially lower sentence if convicted of the same offense(s) today;
- They are non-violent, low-level offenders without significant ties to large scale criminal organizations, gangs or cartels;
- They have served at least 10 years of their prison sentence;
- They do not have a significant criminal history;
- They have demonstrated good conduct in prison; and
- They have no history of violence prior to or during their current term of imprisonment.
Thank you Obama Administration. This is what change looks like. [More...]
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