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
5565 3 months ago Anonymous Washoe city, NV
5564 7 months ago Anonymous
5563 7 months ago Samuel Snodgrass, PhD :ittle Rock, AR
5562 11 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 11 months ago Alyssa Silver West bloomfield, MI
5560 11 months ago Todd Peterson ME
5559 11 months ago Brandon Larmee Reno, NV Brandon Larmee
5558 11 months ago Anonymous Apple Valley, CA
5557 12 months ago Russell Naylor Santa Rosa, CA
5556 12 months ago Russell Naylor Santa Rosa, CA
5555 12 months ago Lorena Oliver Goochland, VA
5554 12 months ago Ande Kobek Indianapolis, IN This is 2015!
5553 12 months ago Pat Beatty Whit more Lk, MI this is costly & the winners are the criminals!
5552 12 months ago Pat Beatty Whit more Lk, MI this is costly & the winners are the criminals!
5551 12 months ago Kelly Irwin Lansdale, PA
5550 12 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 12 months ago Robert Rodriguez Manhattan Beach, CA
5548 12 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 12 months ago James Craig Port Charlotte, FL
5546 12 months ago Chris Harker Denver, CO
5545 1 year ago Susan Conn WA
5544 1 year ago Donald Heaney Delray Beach, FL Discontinue privet / for profit prisons also!
5543 1 year ago Eileen Rence Portland, OR
5542 1 year ago Chia Hamilton Oakland, CA
5541 1 year ago Anonymous
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