Cohen Praises Obama Commutation of Memphian’s Drug-related Life Sentence

Press release from U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D TN-09; December 18, 2014:

[MEMPHIS, TN] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s grant of clemency to 20 individuals, including Memphian Larry Nailor, whose life prison sentence for a non-violent drug conviction was commuted:

“This commutation of a Memphian’s life prison sentence for a non-violent drug conviction is an encouraging sign that the President and Attorney General are taking positive steps, as I have long encouraged them to do, to implement a more rational, humane clemency system for Americans who are unfairly incarcerated. But these few commutations and pardons do not solve our nation’s incarceration problem, as there remain thousands of Americans languishing in prisons serving sentences that have been repudiated by both Congress and the President. The laws that continue to create racially biased and unjust sentences must be reformed. In the meantime, President Obama can and should use his Constitutional power to help bring all of these inmates the justice they deserve, and I hope he does so as soon as possible.”