April 25, 2014: Department of Justice Announces New Clemency Guidelines
The Department of Justice has developed and published its clemency guidelines as part of President Obama’s new clemency initiative. It is expected that a significantly larger number of federal inmates can have their sentences drastically reduced. They are as follows:
a. They are currently serving a federal sentence in prison and, by operation of law, likely would have received a substantially lower sentence if convicted of the same offense(s) today;
b They are non-violent, low-level offenders without significant ties to large scale criminal organizations, gangs or cartels;
c. They have served at least 10 years of their prison sentence;
d. They do not have a significant criminal history;
d. They have demonstrated good conduct in prison; and
e. They have no history of violence prior to or during their current term of imprisonment
National Prison & Sentencing Consultants is optimistic that the new clemency approach will reduce the sentences of a large number of federal inmates. These new guidelines do not exclusively apply to drug offenders and others may benefit as well.
Please feel free to contact NPSC at 615-696-6153 for more information and competent, experienced attorney referrals.