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8 of 111 federal inmates with commuted sentences in AL, GA

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On Tuesday, President Barack Obama reduced the sentences of 111 federal inmates in another round of commutations for those convicted of nonviolent drug offenses.

The President has long called for phasing out strict sentences for drug offenses, arguing they lead to excessive punishment and incarcerations rates unseen in other developed countries.

Eight of the 111 federal inmates are currently being housed in Alabama and Georgia facilities. Those inmates are as follows:  

Ali Reno Harden of Dublin, GA

Offense: Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of a firearm having an obliterated serial number; possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of cocaine base; possession of a firearm during the commission of a drug trafficking crime; possession of marijuana; Southern District of Georgia
Sentence: 180 months' imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release; $5,000 fine (Feb. 19, 2009)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Dec. 28, 2016, and unpaid balance of $5,000 fine remitted.

Brad Bradley Bradford of Tampa, FL

Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine; Middle District of Georgia
Sentence: 180 months' imprisonment; three years' supervised release (Nov. 6, 2008)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Aug. 30, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Darryl Ellis of Fort Pierce, FL 

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; aiding and abetting; Middle District of Alabama
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (Nov. 26, 1996)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Dec. 28, 2016.

Eugene Carlton of Decatur, GA 

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; Northern District of Georgia
Sentence: 262 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (May 1, 2002)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Dec. 28, 2016.

James Howard Jones of Cartersville, GA 

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; aided and abetted possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; Northern District of Georgia
Sentence: 360 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (June 5, 1997); amended to 324 months' imprisonment (Nov. 2, 2015) 
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Dec. 28, 2016.

Joseph Newton of Savannah, GA

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute controlled substances; use of a communication facility; Southern District of Georgia
Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years' supervised release (Feb. 19, 1992); amended to 360 months' imprisonment (Nov. 1, 2014)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Dec. 28, 2016.

Leon Perry of Metter, GA

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute a quantity of cocaine base and a quantity of cocaine hydrochloride; Southern District of Georgia
Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release; $2,500 fine (Dec. 10, 2007) 
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Aug. 30, 2018, and unpaid balance of $2,500 fine remitted, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Roosevelt Brockington of Fort Lauderdale, FL

Offense: Distribution in excess of five grams of cocaine base; Middle District of Georgia
Sentence: 262 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (Feb. 15, 2007)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months' imprisonment. 

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