Thousands Await Clemency for Drug Sentences

Thousands Await Clemency for Drug Sentences

Today — July 18, 2014 — an important vote will occur. The United States Sentencing Commission will vote on the 2 Point Reduction Law, which potentially may reduce the sentences of many federal inmates. 

In late December, the president commuted the prison sentences of eight inmates. The inmates that were spared were convicted of nonviolent drug crimes under harsh mandatory minimum sentences created by the “War on Drugs.” While the rare act of mercy is welcome news for advocates of sentencing reform, it may not go far enough. Correspondent Liz Wahl reports on how thousands of inmates remain behind bars who would be free under current drug-sentencing laws.

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