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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:

“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

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