Innocent man paroled after 20 years Racism got life sentence for "nigger" in Kingfisher County, Okla. First, the good news. On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-0 to grant parole to Larry Yarbrough, Sr. He'll be released from prison in a month or...read more
Punishing safety: Ohio's deadly mistake Ohio's legislature is considering a bill to create harsh new prison terms for fentanyl, a drug that's playing a key role in an overdose epidemic that killed 3,300 Ohioans in 2015. The well-meaning anti-overdose effort is...read more
Longest serving marijuana offender rejected Pot, LSD cases getting ignored President Obama yesterday rejected a record 2,229 clemency requests, including those from some non-violent marijuana offenders who clearly have been in prison too long. The Justice Department...read more
Larry Yarbrough, 66, an innocent man serving a life sentence in Oklahoma for a minor, non-violent drug offense, was denied parole this week by the state's Pardon and Parole Board. In March, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin had commuted his sentence from life without parole...read more
Luis Anthony Rivera, 59, a wonderful man doing life without parole for cocaine since 1983, was released suddenly Tuesday night under the groundbreaking "Holloway doctrine" that permits reducing sentences that are unduly harsh yet technically correct. Sam S. Sheldon,...read more
A dozen countries execute drug offenders. More than 1,000 will be shot, beheaded and hung this year in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and elsewhere.The drug prohibition victims are mostly poor people paid $1,000 to $5,000 to hide a few pounds of contraband in a...read more
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Download historical incarceration data The aberration of today's criminal justice policies is visually startling. Our invisible neighbors In 2014, the U.S. locked up 1 of every 135 residents and one of every 106 adults. These numbers are down slightly from the peak...read more
Saulo Montalvo, 35, convicted as a 16-year-old getaway car driver in a fatal convenience store robbery, was named the No. 2 prisoner from Michigan most deserving clemency. Saulo's clemency petition was supported by the victim's family, his sentencing judge and others,...read more
Why President Obama's clemency effort is struggling, Episode 21. The Office of the Pardon Attorney is advertising for nine experienced criminal defense attorneys who will work for free and can earn no money in private practice. Recent law school graduates are...read more
President Obama shorted 46 non-violent drug sentences to a November 10, 2015 release date. The official list is here. An analysis of the race, gender, drug and sentence effect is here: "Mostly black, mostly crack." Details on each individual are in the story you're...read more
Obama's commutations, by the numbers This round of presidential clemency grants was clearly aimed at racially discriminatory crack cocaine laws. The Clemency Report analyzed President Obama's 46 clemency grants to drug offenders on July 13. What we found Demographics...read more
Barbara Scrivner was ranked No. 7 on The Clemency Report's list of women most deserving clemency until President Obama commuted her meth sentence in December. Barbara is the subject of this excellent Yahoo News story and this moving video on her challenges since...read more
Larry Duke, 68, was unexpectedly released from a life-without-parole marijuana sentence on March 5, 2015 under the Bureau of Prisons' Compassionate Release/Reduction in Sentence (CR/RIS) program. His release was a rare example of the executive branch's broad, but...read more
The Bureau of Prisons is on track to release about 110 federal prisoners this fiscal year under its revised and expanded Compassionate Releases/Reduction in Sentence program. The Bureau generally keeps the number secret, but, in response to a request, a BoP spokesman...read more
Won't wear blindfold when Indonesia shoots her Will sing "Magic Moments" by Perry Como Lindsay Sandiford, 58, is the lone drug offender still awaiting execution in the Kerobokan Jail in Bali, Indonesia. The British grandmother from North Yorkshire was convicted of...read more
The Indonesian government shot to death eight people for drug offenses yesterday (April 28). Seven foreigners, one Indonesian were executed by firing squad. The families were hysterical when they heard the shots fired. The victims sang "Amazing Grace" as they shot to...read more
Crack + Black = Life Update: Donald's life sentence was reduced by a judge to 30 years. He will be released April 26, 2016. "Intelligent. Concerned. Loving. Family-oriented." That's how Donald's mom describes her son. Is she right? The evidence shows she is. Spend a...read more
President Obama commuted the sentences of 22 drug prisoners Tuesday. The breakdown: Offense: 12 crack cocaine only; 3 powder cocaine only; 2 powder and crack; 2 meth, 1 meth-and heroin, 1 marijuana, 1 drugs unspecified Race: 16 African American, 6 white, including 5...read more
Prisoner Releases Start Under "Drugs Minus Two" David Mosby, 63, dressed in prison garb, enjoyed a mammoth, country-style breakfast with his family a few days ago at a Cracker Barrel restaurant. It was, literally, his first taste of freedom. David, an amazing dad and...read more
https://youtu.be/ID6EeHcz0qU The Clemency Report loves and respects the drug war's prisoners, frequent targets of bigotry and ignorance. This video shows 116 drug offenders and 112 family members and loved ones, including 61 children under the age of 18. The drug war...read more
Pot lifers not eligible for parole Federal judges have sentenced 54 people to life without parole for marijuana since 1996, according to a new clemencyreport.org analysis of federal court data. The sentences account for 54 of the 2,794 life sentences for drugs given...read more
Violent offenders now get life sentences more than drug offenders Federal judges sentenced just 41 drug offenders to life without parole in 2014, an astonishing 78% drop since President Obama took office. Life sentences for non-violent drug offenses have fallen five...read more
Short sentences on the rise. Federal judges handed out 78% fewer ultra-long sentences for non-violent drug offenses in 2014 than at the peak eight years ago. The number of drug defendants sent to prison for 12 years of more fell to 2,414 in 2014, down from 4,303 in...read more
Is the president right? "Let's put it in perspective," said the 53-year-old president. "Young people, I understand this is important to you. But you should be thinking about climate change, the economy, jobs, war and peace. Maybe way at the bottom you should be...read more
We honor them Iran hanged 21 prisoners on March 4th -- 15 for drug offenses, 6 for alleged hostility to God. The names of the six Sunni Kurds hanged for political reasons were released. The names of the drug offenders were not. However, the Iran Human Rights...read more
Cajun cook got 13 years for two joints Bernard Noble, 48, an example of how drug laws are used to harvest black men for prison, was named the No. 4 prisoner in Louisiana deserving clemency. He was sentenced to 13 years and three months in prison for nothing, although...read more
Larry Duke, 67, was released immediately from federal prison Thursday when the Bureau of Prisons and a federal judge approved his request for "compassionate release." Larry was ranked No. 6 on The Clemency Report list of marijuana offenders deserving immediate freedom...read more
Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered nine more drug offenders, including eight foreigners, to be shot to death by firing squad. Waiting to be murdered ...read more
President Obama should quickly grant clemency before sentencing to a family found guilty Tuesday of growing medical marijuana in Kettle Falls, Wash. After a wasteful one-week federal trial, a jury acquitted the family of the four most serious charges, including...read more
Our country jailed about 1 of every 600 people until 1980.
Then, we made an error.
Today, we imprison 1 of 140.
Prisons today house mostly nonviolent offenders, a half million drug prohibition violators alone. Thousands are serving life without parole for nonviolent drug offenses.
People like Sharanda Jones…
…and Tim Tyler.
Millions of children unnecessarily lose parents.
Like Dad Weldon Angelos…
… and Mom Lori Newhouse.