On April 23, 2014 the Department of Justice announced an initiative to encourage appropriate candidates to petition for executive clemency, seeking to have their sentences commuted, or reduced, by the President of the United States. Commutation of sentence remains unusual and extraordinarily rare. This initiative, however, invites petitions from non-violent federal inmates who would not pose a threat to public safety if released. In particular, this initiative is limited to inmates who:
✔ Are currently serving a federal sentence in prison and, by operation of law, likely would have received a substantially lower sentence if convicted of the same offense(s) today;
✔ Are non-violent, low-level offenders without significant ties to large-scale criminal organizations, gangs, or cartels;
✔ Have served at least 10 years of their sentence;
✔ Do not have a significant criminal history;
✔ Have demonstrated good conduct in prison; and
✔ Have no history of violence prior to or during their current term of imprisonment.
✔= Mark meets all six criteria