DOJ Expands Clemency Rules for Drug Offenders

The Justice Department on Wednesday announced six criteria that could mean reduced sentences for thousands of federal prisoners convicted of non-violent drug crimes. Non-violent, low-level drug offenders with no gang-ties, who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already served more than 10 years behind bars and would have received significantly lower sentences under today's law, will be eligible to file clemency applications, said Deputy Attorney General James Cole in announcing the expanded rules.

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