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U.S. weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 23, 2014 at 10:59 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is encouraging nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already served more than 10 years behind bars to apply for clemency, officials announced Wednesday.

The initiative is part of a broader Obama administration effort to trim the nation’s prison population, ease sentencing disparities arising from drug possession crimes and scale back the use of strict punishments for drug offenders without a violent past.

The goal is to create a larger pool of eligible prisoners the Justice Department can recommend to the president to consider for shorter sentences.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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Lakeview says... April 23, 2014 at 12:05 p.m.

Perhaps better still, if found guilty and sentenced to 10 yyears and one day. Have the judge stand at the door of his court room, shake the hand of the guilty person and tell him or her, "Naughty, Naughty. Now don't do this type thing again. Promise?"

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AmericasDoomed says... April 23, 2014 at 4:57 p.m.

How about setting up illegal aliens and inmates in gladiator-style matches. Winners get amnesty. Losers get a mass gravesite. Think of the advertising revenue.

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