DRACONIAN PRISON SENTENCES & DRUGS

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UPDATE: July 13, 2015

BREAKING: President Obama just granted clemency to 46 men and women whose sentences didn’t fit their crimes. Nearly all of these individuals would have already served their time and returned to society if they were convicted of the exact same crime today:http://go.wh.gov/KtwU7

July 4, 2015

President Obama commuted the sentences of 22 more federal prisoners this past March personifying his belief that too many people in the country have received prison sentences that were too harsh for drug offenses. He has assisted in the formation of organizations that work with limited staff members and volunteers to research potential candidates who might merit such commutations. Back on March 31, 2015, the White House released the names of 22 individuals who are set to have their previously imposed lengthy (often, life terms) sentences expire in July of this year. Bipartisan efforts continue to be underway to correct what many informed people believe to be draconian sentences handed down, in many cases, by judges who believed they lacked the power to sentence more leniently due to mandatory sentencing policies established by Congress. Even the The United States Sentencing Commission has recently reacted to the disparity of sentencing in federal courts, particularly as applied to minorities, a move that will likely impact as many as 50,000 federal inmates.

The process for obtaining a list of potential future candidates is tedious and time consuming necessitating the need for many volunteers; always present, is the fear that someone will be released only to reoffend thereby adding fuel to critics of such early release programs. The defendants who have received reductions, and are candidates for future consideration, are largely, if not exclusively, defendants who have been convicted of nonviolent drug offenses. Notwithstanding the heroic efforts of the Obama Administration, and the many volunteers, including bar associations, private organizations, and many volunteers, the impact on the over 30,000 imprisoned inmates who have requested relief from the Administration is slight. A reproduction of the news release provided by the White House in March, 2015 is set forth below.

For Immediate Release

March 31, 2015

President Obama Grants Commutations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Barack Obama granted commutations of sentence to the following 22 individuals:

  • Terry Andre Barnes – East Moline, IL
    Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base; supervised release violation (distribution of cocaine base) (Southern District of Iowa)
    Sentence:  246 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (July 25, 2005)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.
  • Theresa Brown – Pompano Beach, FL
    Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine (Southern District of Florida)
    Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Mar. 29, 1995)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.
  • Donel Marcus Clark – Dallas, TX
    Offense:  Conspiracy; use of a communication facility (five counts); distribution and/or possession of cocaine or manufacturing in or near a school facility, aiding and abetting (Northern District of Texas)
    Sentence:  420 months’ imprisonment; four years’ supervised release (Nov. 12, 1993); amended to 360 months’ imprisonment (August 20, 2008)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.
  • Ricky Bernard Coggins – Tallahassee, FL
    Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (Northern District of Florida)
    Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (May 3, 1993)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.
  • Samuel Pasqual Edmondson – Junction City, KS
    Offense:  Conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (Eastern District of Texas)
    Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Sep. 24, 1997)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.
  • Amado Garcia – Fresno, CA
    Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine; aiding and abetting the possession of methamphetamine; aiding and abetting the possession of heroin (District of Wyoming)
    Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $2,000 fine (Nov. 29, 2001)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.
  • Dwight Anthony Goddard – Decatur, GA
    Offense:  Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (Middle District of Georgia)
    Sentence:  235 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (Feb. 7, 2002)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.
  • Lionel Ray Hairston – Ridgeway, VA
    Offense:  Distribution of cocaine base (three counts) (Western District of Virginia)
    Sentence:  262 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (May 27, 1999)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.
  • Francis Darrell Hayden – Loretto, KY
    Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1,000 or more marijuana plants or 1,000 or more kilograms of marijuana; manufacture of 1,000 or more marijuana plants (Eastern District of Michigan)
    Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Apr. 2, 2002)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.
  • Harold Kenneth Herring – Havana, FL
    Offense:  Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (Northern District of Florida)
    Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Jan. 22, 1998)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.
  • Tommie Lee Hollingshed – Memphis, TN
    Offense:  Distribution of a controlled substance (two counts) (Western District of Tennessee)
    Sentence:  324 months’ imprisonment; four years’ supervised release (May 1, 1996)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.
  • Derrick DeWayne Johnson – Birmingham, AL
    Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine (Northern District of Alabama)
    Sentence:  360 months’ imprisonment; four years’ supervised release (Nov. 18, 1998)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to a term of 262 months.
  • Robert Martinez-Gil – San Antonio, TX
    Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin (Western District of Texas)
    Sentence:  Life imprisonment (July 9, 1992)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.
  • David Navejar – Brooksville, FL
    Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine (Middle District of Florida)
    Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Jan. 27, 2003)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.
  • Rudolph Norris – Washington, D.C.
    Offense:  Unlawful distribution of cocaine base; unlawful possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (District of Columbia)
    Sentence:  360 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (Apr. 5, 1993)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.
  • Tracy Lynn Petty – Shelby, NC
    Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base (Western District of North Carolina)
    Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Mar. 30, 2006); amended to 204 months’ imprisonment (February 25, 2008)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.
  • Luis Razo – Davenport, IA
    Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute cocaine (Southern District of Iowa)
    Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Jan. 3, 2003)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.
  • Antwon Rogers – Cleveland, OH
    Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 139.8 grams of cocaine base (Northern District of Ohio)
    Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Jan. 30, 1995)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.
  • Herman Rosenboro –Kingsport, TN
    Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine and over 50 grams of cocaine base; distribution of a quantity of cocaine base (two counts); distribution of a quantity of cocaine (two counts)  (Eastern District of Tennessee)
    Sentence:  Life imprisonment; six years’ supervised release (Dec. 3, 2001)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.
  • Lawrence Elmo Scott – Lynchburg, VA
    Offense:  Distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school (Western District of Virginia)
    Sentence:  283 months’ imprisonment; six years’ supervised release; $4,000 fine (Apr. 8, 2003)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.
  • Levar V. Wade – Chicago, IL
    Offense:  Possession of 50 or more grams of crack cocaine with intent to distribute (Central District of Illinois)
    Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (May 28, 2004)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.
  • Eugene Winters – Cedar Rapids, IA
    Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base (Southern District of Iowa)
    Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Feb. 23, 2005)
    Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2015.

the WHITE HOUSEPRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

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