Obama Commutes Sentences of Clarence Aaron, Seven Others

The White House announced this morning that President Obama had granted commutations to eight federal prisoners, including poster boy for drug war excess Clarence Aaron, who has served more than 20 years.

Finally, Clarence Aaron will go free.
These are commutations--not pardons--which means that people actually still serving time will shortly walk out of prison, as opposed to people who received pardons long after they were actually released.

The sentencing reform group Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) said four of its supporters, including Aaron, had had their sentences commuted. The group also said it expected four more crack cocaine offenders to be named as having received commutations as well. 

In the White House statement, President Obama acknowledged that commuting the sentences of a handful of prisoners was only a first step:

"Commuting the sentences of these eight Americans is an important step toward restoring fundamental ideals of justice and fairness," the president said. "But it must not be the last.  In the new year, lawmakers should act on the kinds of bipartisan sentencing reform measures already working their way through Congress. Together, we must ensure that our taxpayer dollars are spent wisely, and that our justice system keeps its basic promise of equal treatment for all."

We'll have a fuller write-up on this good news later today, but we thought you would want to hear as soon as we did. .

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clarence aaron link to famm is an attack page

Great

My Lady has done 20 years of her 35 year sentence, maybe its time to get serious about fixing the "justice" system.

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Injustice is an extreme understatement . If you are a teen with rich parents , in certain places , you can drink and drive and kill 4 people and just get probation . Drug Law and the Criminal Justice System is a bad joke . Daylight is the best sanitation .

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APRIL 17!!!

This definitely sounds like good news, but it's far too few people, and the page to Clarence's bio says he's not going to be allowed to leave until we're 1/3rd through 2014! Yet another indictment of our "justice" system. No doubt there's plenty of hot air to rationalize why it will take so long.

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He must have broke severely the codes of laws. They deserve it though for what they have did. -_-

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