In 1992, Norman Brown was convicted on six counts for the distribution of cocaine. In accordance with mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines, the 22-year-old received three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. In July 2015, after nearly 25 years in prison, President Obama approved Brown’s request for clemency.
Now Brown faces a new challenge – adjusting to life outside prison.
The White House said this was the greatest number of individual clemencies in a single day by any president. Continue reading
The Justice Department announced it would expand the criteria used to decide which drug offenders are eligible for presidential clemency. Hundreds, if not thousands, could qualify for suspended sentences. Jeffrey Brown examines the new guidelines with Vanita Gupta of the American Civil Liberties Union and Bill McCollum, former attorney general of Florida. Continue reading