"The decision I made to engage in these illegal activities was the BIGGEST MISTAKE of my entire life."
Corey Jacobs made a mistake while he was in college - he became involved in selling drugs to offset the financial difficulties many first-generation college students experience. This was Corey’s first serious offense and his first felony. Because of federal laws and mandatory minimum sentencing, the judge who sentenced Corey had no choice but to send him to prison for the rest of his life.
The same judge said he is “certain” he would not have imposed a life sentence if federal laws had not “virtually mandated it.”
Corey accepts full responsibility for his actions and carries a tremendous sense of remorse and guilt for the far-reaching impact of his bad choices.
Corey Jacobs does not deserve to die in prison.
Corey’s only hope for freedom is clemency from President Obama. Corey’s clemency petition is currently on file with the United States Office of the Pardon Attorney.
"Life in prison without the possibility of parole is, short of execution, the harshest imaginable punishment available in America. In Corey’s case, it is grossly out of proportion to the conduct it seeks to punish. Unless Corey’s sentence is commuted, he will die in prison.“
Donnel Clark was sentenced to 35 years in prison for his participation as a first-time offender in a nonviolent crack cocaine conspiracy. Although his prosecutor denounced the sentence as unduly harsh, federal mandatory minimum sentencing gave the judge no flexibility to shorten it.
After twenty years, President Obama granted clemency to Donnel in March, 2015.
Read about Donnel:
On December 18, 2015, President Obama granted clemency to Sharanda Jones, who had served almost two decades of a life sentence with no chance of parole as a first-time non-violent offender under crack/powder cocaine sentencing disparity laws. Nearly 280,000 people signed the petition started by her daughter asking the president to grant her clemency.
Read about Sharanda:
- Washington Post: From a first arrest to a life sentence
- CNN: From a life sentence to clemency from Obama
- Independent: Inmates serving harsh sentences are a lingering legacy of America's crack epidemic
“After so many years in prison, my mom is starting her life over from scratch. It’s going to be an uphill battle but we’re ready for it!"
— Clanesha Garland, Daughter of Sharanda Jones