WASHINGTON (AP and KWQC) – President Barack Obama has surpassed the 1,000 mark for commutations granted during his presidency after shortening sentences for 79 people.
Obama has been granting commutations at rapid-fire pace in his final months in office. The White House says he’s commuted more sentences than the past 11 presidents combined.
Most of those who have received clemency are nonviolent drug offenders, though many were also convicted of firearms violations related to drug crimes.
Obama says “it makes no sense” for nonviolent drug offenders to serve decades in prison or life sentences. He says it burdens taxpayers and overcrowded prisons without benefiting public safety.
Obama is calling for a criminal justice overhaul to address overly onerous sentencing and other problems. Congress has shown bipartisan interest but hasn’t acted on those reforms.
Three felons serving time from the Quad Cities area had their sentences reduced.
Tramiere Broughton from Clinton, Iowa was convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base (“crack”). He was sentenced to 240 months imprisonment, 10 years supervised release on October 3, 2002. His prison sentence was commuted to expire on March 22, 2017.
Christopher Carlton Bryson of Davenport, Iowa was convicted of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute heroin and marijuana, each a schedule I controlled substance, and cocaine and cocaine base (“crack”), each a schedule II controlled substance; and money laundering. He was sentenced to 360 months imprisonment and five years supervised release on February 9, 2001. His sentenced was commuted to expire on November 22, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.
Jermaine Lewis Carter of Davenport, Iowa was convicted of conspiracy to distribute at least 50 grams of cocaine base and sentenced to life imprisonment with 10 years supervised release, on April 24, 2009. His prison sentence was commuted to a term of 180 months imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.