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  • Early Prison Release Could Happen for Some OC Offenders: Clemency Guidelines

    Posted Apr 30th, 2014 By in Criminal Law, Jail, Orange County Criminal News With | Comments Off on Early Prison Release Could Happen for Some OC Offenders: Clemency Guidelines

    Sometimes low-level, nonviolent offenders may be granted clemency, or early prison release. Recent clemency reform efforts and changes announced by the Justice Department could allow minor offenders in Orange County and other areas that have served 10 or more years in prison an early release. One main highlight of the clemency initiative would be considering whether or not an offender would have been sentenced as harshly under current laws.

    Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole announced during a news conference in Washington on Wednesday that the Department of Justice will prioritize clemency applications for federal inmates who meet the following criteria:

    · Show that they would have received a substantially lower sentence if convicted under existing law.

    ·Are nonviolent, low-level offenders without significant ties to large-scale criminal organizations, gangs or cartels.

    · Have served at least 10 years of their prison sentence.

    · Do not have a significant criminal history and have demonstrated good conduct in prison.

    · Have no history of violence prior to or during their current term of imprisonment.

    “For our criminal justice system to be effective, it needs to not only be fair; but it also must be perceived as being fair,” Cole said in a prepared statement. “Older, stringent punishments that are out of line with sentences imposed under today’s laws erode people’s confidence in our criminal justice system, and I am confident that this initiative will go far to promote the most fundamental of American ideals – equal justice under law.”

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