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