Dear President Obama:
In the spirit of justice that motivated the Fair Sentencing Act that you signed on August 3, 2010;
In the spirit of this season of mercy and forgiveness; and
In the spirit of families joyfully reunited during these holidays:
Please order the creation of an effective process to promptly and comprehensively review petitions for commutation of sentence from federal prisoners so that you can properly use your power under Article II, section 2 of the U.S. Constitution.
Mr. President, you have a moral obligation to review appeals of injustice from federal prisoners and to carry out your Constitutional duty to do justice. You know there are thousands of federal prisoners serving unjustly long sentences. They should not be left without hope that you are doing everything in your power to speedily guarantee justice and express appropriate mercy on behalf of the nation.
* Dorothy Gaines
* Kemba Smith Pradia
* Criminal Justice Policy Foundation
* James Winkler, General Secretary, General Board of Church and Society, United Methodist Church
* Crack the Disparity Coalition
* The Sentencing Project
* Drug Policy Alliance
* National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
* Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
* Justice Roundtable
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Clarence Aaron has served 17 years of three life sentences.
Lonnie Lundy has served 18 years of a life sentence.
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