President Obama commuted the sentences of 22 inmates serving time for drug-related charges, the White House announced on Tuesday.
The inmates granted clemency Tuesday were all imprisoned for intent to distribute an illegal drug, with 14 of those cases involving possession or distribution of cocaine. Eight of the individuals were sentenced to life in prison, and would have died behind bars.
All 22 inmates will now be released on July 28.
The organization Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) commended the President's decision. "We are thrilled that President Obama is making good on his promise to use the powers granted him by the Constitution to provide relief for federal prisoners serving excessively long mandatory minimum sentences," Julie Stewart, the president and founder of FAMM said in a statement. "We hope and expect to see more commutations granted through the end of his term."
One of those granted clemency is FAMM member Donel Marcus Clark, a first time offender who has served over two decades of a 30-year prison sentence for involvement in a non-violent drug conspiracy.