NonViolent Drug Offenders Could Be Released From Prison

Thousands of Drug Offenders Get New Shot at Clemency Rob Quinn Newser Staff

White House calls for ‘justice, fairness, proportionality’

Thousands of nonviolent drug offenders now serving long sentences in federal prisons could receive clemency from President Obama under a major Department of Justice overhaul. Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that “a larger field of eligible individuals” will be eligible for clemency under new guidelines and the administration is preparing for a flood of requests, reports USA Today, which notes that the move is part of a broader effort to reduce the federal prison population and correct past sentencing disparities. Holder said the White House is seeking “justice, fairness, and proportionality for deserving individuals who do not pose a threat to public safety.” Read on…
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