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Obama Cuts Prison Sentences for 42 Drug Offenders

Society & Culture  (tags: goodnews, humans, law )

- 1052 days ago -
The White House said many of them would have already finished their sentences if they had been sentenced under current, less onerous sentencing guidelines.


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Animae C (508)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 8:52 am
"The latest group of commutations brings to 348 the total number of inmates whose sentences Obama has commuted — more than the past seven presidents combined..."

AWESOME!!! WTG Mr President!

Thanx Phyllis

Phyllis P (232)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 8:57 am
The latest group of commutations brings to 348 the total number of inmates whose sentences Obama has commuted — more than the past seven presidents combined, the White House said. The pace of commutations and the rarer use of pardons are expected to increase as the end of Obama's presidency nears.

One of the offenders, Douglas Ray Dunkins Jr. of Fort Worth, Texas, had been held up by civil liberties groups as one of the most egregious examples of over-sentencing. Dunkins had only a minor shoplifting conviction on his prior record in 1993 when, at age 26, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for conspiracy to possess and distribute crack cocaine, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a report. No drugs were found, but prosecutors used testimony from co-conspirators who testified in exchange for lighter sentences, the ACLU said.

The ACLU said Dunkins had worked for nearly a decade as a paralegal helping other inmates with legal work and wanted to mentor youth if he ever got out. Dunkins is slated to be released in October.

Artur B (125)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 9:51 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 10:09 am
That's all--a grand total of 42. Should be a lot a lot more. The jails are overflowing with people who shouldn't even there. thx Phyllis

JL A (281)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 10:36 am
Thanks for the update Phyllis--at least these few will be spared further injustice.

Ĺucia A (16)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 1:02 pm
In some cases being tolerant is very important! They should reduce the jail for light drugs. Thank you!

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 3:02 pm
Good, these life imprisonment sentences for such things was way way overboard. I hope a lot more people have their cases looked into. The quicker the better.

Julie C (29)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 3:27 pm
I hope before he leaves office he does a whole flock more of these. I'm so glad he at least did these. Thanks, Phyllis.

Janis K (129)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 9:45 pm
Thanks for sharing!

Birgit W (160)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 7:00 am
Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Pat B (356)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 2:12 pm
Wonderful news!!
Thank you, Phyllis.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 3:30 pm
Tyfs. It said most were nonviolent offenders. Sometimes US sentencing is just too harsh.

TomCat S (128)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 3:44 pm
Thew Timed to do away with Mandatory Minimums and "Three Strikes" type sentencing is now.

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 4:56 pm
Great news

S J (124)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 4:57 pm
thanks Phyllis

Mandi T (367)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 5:15 pm
Great news, thanks Phyllis

Laurie H (818)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 7:28 pm
Thank You Phyllis!! I hope this will be the beginning of more to come----GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 9:05 pm

Good news1

348 so far...another 30, 048 to go.


Shirley S (187)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 11:12 pm
Good news. More releases needed.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Monday June 6, 2016, 8:54 am
Good news,thanks Phyllis.

Margarita R (24)
Monday June 6, 2016, 12:41 pm
thanks for sharing, good news

Janet B (0)
Monday June 6, 2016, 1:52 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday June 6, 2016, 2:32 pm
Noted. Thanks, Phyllis.
I definitely agree this is great, and I also hope he will pardon many, many more very soon. Our drug laws and policies need to drastically change. Taking cannabis off of Schedule 1 where it never belonged is what is desperately needed.

margaret cochran (41)
Monday June 6, 2016, 4:59 pm
no where near enough people released

Stella G (403)
Tuesday June 7, 2016, 12:40 am
Una buona notizia. Grazie per condividere Phyllis.

Ben O (135)
Tuesday June 7, 2016, 4:55 am
Good news!

Frances Darcy (92)
Tuesday June 7, 2016, 11:00 am
Good news...they get life and rapists and child abusers get a few months or a slap on the wrist ....some justice

Winn Adams (179)
Tuesday June 7, 2016, 11:59 am
Good - I hope there will be more to come.

Rhonda B (99)
Tuesday June 7, 2016, 3:41 pm
I agree with Natasha! It should be more.Thank you Phyllis.

Brandon Duncan (0)
Thursday June 9, 2016, 5:58 am

Many in society realize that the deadliest gangs in the world are prison gangs. And because of those short timers going in and out like that- gangs are reaching out to our communities and FBI reports there are now over 1 million children in gangs.
Many go into prison with a short sentence for theft or possession of a little drugs and on the inside they are forced to either fight for their life, or die, or well- join and affiliate with a gang,group, sect.
There are over 2 million people incarcerated in America- the FBI also says there are some 33,000 different gangs in the U.S. with over 1.4 million gang members.
Overcrowding prisons are fueling this fire!!!

TOM TREE (247)
Thursday June 9, 2016, 9:13 am
Scary Stuff ! UNBELIEVABLE !!

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday June 11, 2016, 10:05 am

Roger G (148)
Monday June 13, 2016, 2:36 pm
noted, thanks
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