Trump can't reverse this.
Before Trump takes office, Pres. Obama can free hundreds of wrongly imprisoned people.
Trump takes office in less than 40 days.
It's scary. But Pres. Obama just did something life changing that Trump can’t undo--and we need him to do more of it before it's too late. The President just freed 79 more people who were sitting in prison under unfair and outdated drug laws--bringing his total to more than 1,000.1 Under an initiative to provide relief for federal drug offenders and undo the harm of the War on Drugs, President Obama has granted clemency to more people than the last 11 presidents combined! It’s historic.
Trump can’t put any of those people back into prison--but his Klan administration will dissolve the initiative that created this opportunity and shut the door to freedom for HUNDREDS. And these are people who shouldn’t be in prison at all.
But here’s the thing: Obama can free EVEN MORE people before Trump comes to office. That’s why we’re calling on him to expand his initiative and open the doors to freedom for more folks who deserve it--before it’s too late. Will you sign the petition ?
Sharanda Jones is one of the people Pres. Obama freed from a cruel and unfair drug sentence. In the late 90s, Sharanda was subject to a targeted attack on Black residents of Terrell, Texas that led to the arrest of more than 100 Black people for low-level crack cocaine offenses.2 In an effort to expand the government informant program, prosecutors gave deals to people who snitched, and pushed for cruel and unusual sentences for those who didn’t. Sharanda didn’t snitch on a couple she knew who was dealing drugs, and though there was never any evidence that she ever possessed or sold drugs, she was sentenced to LIFE in prison.
There are more people like Sharanda who should have never been in prison--but they can’t get clemency because of limits to Pres. Obama’s program. We can't let any more people than necessary languish in prison under a Trump administration. Here’s how Pres. Obama can make sure he leaves behind an even greater legacy of fighting back against the War on Drugs:
- Continue reviewing as many petitions for clemency as possible before leaving office.
- Speed up the process of approval for extremely low-risk categories of non-violent offenders.
- Expand who’s eligible for relief by:
- Considering people who did not get retroactive consideration under the Fair Sentencing Act in 2010.
- Considering those who filed late for clemency
- Identifying people who are eligible but did not file for clemency
We know the next administration will not carry on this legacy. So it’s crucial that Pres. Obama and his staff take these measures to maximize the impact of this historical program.
Until justice is real,
Scott, Rashad, Arisha, Clarise, and the rest of the Color Of Change team
1. "Obama grants 79 more commutations, pushing the total past 1,000," The Washington Post, November 22, 2016
2. "From a life sentence to clemency from Obama," CNN, September 2, 2016