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Obama's Record-Setting Commutations Included A Deadhead Who's Been Imprisoned For 22 Years

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Obama's Record-Setting Commutations Included A Deadhead Who's Been Imprisoned For 22 Years


Kimberly Ricci Wed, Aug 31 6:15 AM PDT


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On Tuesday, President Obama kept on blazing through his last year in office by setting a few records for federal prison sentence commutation. First and foremost, he arrived at a total of 673 clemency grants, which glides right past the last 10 presidents totals combined. In addition, he arrived at a total of 325 inmates granted clemency within August which is the largest month-based total of any president. And to break the numbers down further, Obama commuted 111 sentences on Tuesday alone. Most of the affected inmates landed in prison on low-level drug offenses, and thirty-nine of these prisoners were imprisoned for life.

One of these lifers was a non-violent drug offender named Tim Tyler, who was convicted in 1994 and received a life sentence at age 25. He was caught selling LSD (after two previous possession and selling offenses) to a police informant while following the Grateful Dead around the country. Hed never physically harmed anyone and had never been in prison, and he expected 10 to 20 years behind bars. Yet this third offense triggered a mandatory life sentence in federal prison. As of now, hes spent 22 years behind bars.

Tylers family had created a petition to ask Obama for clemency, and Obama included him in the newest batch of prisoners who saw their sentences commuted. Tyler will see his prison term end in 2018, which is many years sooner than his previous sentence would have dictated.


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all non violent drug offenders should be able to have their sentences reviewed and folks like this guy need to be set free like yesterday..not that freedom will be easy for them either. i know a couple people who spent their late teens and early twenties on in prison and well, it took them years to adjust to the outside world once they were released. i can't imagine what it's like to go into prison at 25 and emerge in 2016 'the year of the beast' almost 50 years old..so many lives wasting away.

Agreed. Some people locked up for Marijuana and it's legal in some states now. Foolery at it's best.

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