On August 30, 2016 President Obama commuted Rudy Martinez's life sentence!  We reached out to Rudy, and his clemency attorney Mark Osler, for their responses.  Rudy, understandably, was still in disbelief: I'm still in a fucking daze... This is not over,...
In June of 2016, Drug War Stories did an extensive profile of Commuted Drug War Prisoner, Rudy Martinez, who had been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on a conspiracy drug conviction.  Thankfully, former President...
Amy Povah is the Founder of CAN-DO, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit foundation that advocates Clemency for All Non-violent Drug Offenders. Amy Povah experienced the injustices of the Drug War first hand when she was sentenced to serve 24 years in...
UPDATE: President Obama Commutes Joe's Life Sentence 8/3/2016! WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the President made grants of commutation of sentences to Joe Jackson and his brother, Tommy (along with 212 others!): Dickey Joe Jackson – Boyd, TX Offense: Conspiracy to possess...
Mark Osler is a tireless advocate for sentencing and clemency reform.  He is currently a Law Professor and the Robert and Marion Short Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, in Minneapolis, Minnesota,...
Today President Obama commuted the sentences of an additional 111 inmates, including lifers Rudy Martinez and Tim Tyler, featured here on Drug War Stories.  This brings the total number of commutations by Obama to 673, 232 of which were...
After serving 21 years, 52 year old Romona Brant was finally released on February 1, 2016, after President Obama granted her clemency in December of 2015.
On October 6, 2016, President Obama commuted the sentences of 102 prisoners, including Arlana Moore: Drug War Stories recently featured Arlana's story.  We immediately reached out to Arlana on hearing the happy news, and she responded to us only an hour...
Federal Clemency Forecast: Not good, but not hopeless By Nancy Crist Although two leading advocates of clemency and sentencing reform are appalled at President Trump’s promise to grant clemency to family members, they also see it as the chance to shed...
Ricky Minor: Because of mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines, Ricky was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for attempting to manufacture meth.

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