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13 Years for 2 Joints? Governor Jindal Needs to Follow Obama's Commutation Lead

Jee Park | Posted 07.28.2015 | Crime
Jee Park

Louisiana has the dubious honor of being the prison capitol of the world. More Louisianans spend their lives behind bars than any other state in the U.S. per capita. These draconian sentences for non-violent drug offenses only hurt Louisiana.

President Obama Took Another Big Step Toward Ending Grotesque Drug Sentencing Laws

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.15.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama took yet another giant step on the path to fair and equitable drug enforcement and treatment with his mass clemency grants and prison visit. But make no mistake, it's a step that many more must take before we'll ever attain real and lasting drug sentencing reforms in America.

Sam Stein

Obama Commutes 22 Drug Sentences, Instantly Doubling The Number Of Commutations He's Issued | Sam Stein | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 22 individuals on Tuesday, more than doubling the number of commutations he has issued ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama: I'll Use Clemency Power 'More Aggressively' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama plans to grant clemency to federal offenders "more aggressively" during the remainder of his presidency, he said ...

Pardon Humans, Not Just Turkeys

Molly M. Gill | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics
Molly M. Gill

More commutations would also fatten up President Obama's rail-thin pardoning record of a mere 39 pardons and a single commutation -- the worst tally of any president in history.

Clemency Reform: We're Still Waiting

Julie Stewart | Posted 09.18.2013 | Crime
Julie Stewart

A year ago, The Washington Post and ProPublica reported that the Obama administration was set to reverse its poor record on clemency. It didn't happen. Since winning reelection, President Obama has not commuted a single sentence.

Fixing the 'Façade of Concern'

Molly M. Gill | Posted 07.31.2012 | Crime
Molly M. Gill

How could President Obama serve justice, show mercy, and correct appalling wrongdoing by a government official -- all without the approval of Congress? He could commute the sentence of Clarence Aaron.