President Obama: Pardon Prisoners and Commute Unjust Sentences

While the Obama administration has fallen short on many of the actual policy changes needed to end the "war on drugs," there's one tool at the administrative's disposal that could have a sweeping and immediate impact on our criminal justice system: the pardon power. Although Attorney General Eric Holder has called on federal prosecutors to avoid mandatory minimums, which require automatic sentences for certain crimes and take away judges' power to consider individual circumstances, prosecutors continue to pursue them and offenders continue to serve decades-long sentences for nonviolent drug crimes. 

On their website, the organization Families Against Mandatory Minimums highlights some of the most striking cases: There's Weldon Angelos, serving fifty-five years for selling marijuana while possessing a fire arm—a sentence the judge on the case called "unjust, cruel and even irrational." There's also Stephanie George, a mother of three serving life in prison without parole for being "a girlfriend and bag holder and money holder" in a drug conspiracy.

The public is clearly not served by locking up offenders who pose no danger, separating them from their families and taking away their ability to work or otherwise contribute to society. Join The Nation in calling on President Obama to pardon or commute the sentences of federal prisoners serving excessive sentences for nonviolent drug crimes.

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Number Date Name Location
5564 4 weeks ago Anonymous
5563 4 weeks ago Samuel Snodgrass, PhD :ittle Rock, AR
5562 5 months ago Janel McLaughlin Rapid City, SD My mother received a felony for conspiracy because she wouldn't testify against my father in a drug trial. Please remove this felony from her name. It's over 20 years old.
5561 5 months ago Alyssa Silver West bloomfield, MI
5560 5 months ago Todd Peterson ME
5559 5 months ago Brandon Larmee Reno, NV Brandon Larmee
5558 5 months ago Anonymous Apple Valley, CA
5557 5 months ago Russell Naylor Santa Rosa, CA
5556 5 months ago Russell Naylor Santa Rosa, CA
5555 5 months ago Lorena Oliver Goochland, VA
5554 6 months ago Ande Kobek Indianapolis, IN This is 2015!
5553 6 months ago PATRICIA STOCKMAN-BEATTY Whit more Lk, MI this is costly & the winners are the criminals!
5552 6 months ago PATRICIA STOCKMAN-BEATTY Whit more Lk, MI this is costly & the winners are the criminals!
5551 6 months ago Kelly Irwin Lansdale, PA
5550 6 months ago Catherine Musinsky I am happy to join in this petition as I have quietly hoped for the same. I see lives ruined as former prisoners still robbed of their rights to vote or earn decent livings fall into the hungry jaws...
5549 6 months ago Robert Rodriguez Manhattan Beach, CA
5548 6 months ago Anonymous Denver , CO The prison systems need to be reformed and not by private companies. Stop wasting tax dollars and destroying lives.
5547 6 months ago James Craig Port Charlotte, FL
5546 6 months ago Chris Harker Denver, CO
5545 6 months ago Susan Conn WA
5544 6 months ago Donald Heaney Delray Beach, FL Discontinue privet / for profit prisons also!
5543 6 months ago Eileen Rence Portland, OR
5542 6 months ago Chia Hamilton Oakland, CA
5541 6 months ago Anonymous
5540 6 months ago Peter Simon Pittsburgh, PA
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