November 2016 Archives

Commutations continue for some drug-related sentences

Since President Obama announced his administration's clemency initiative in 2014, the sentences of more than 1,000 people who are serving prison time for non-violent drug offenses across the nation have been commuted, including some in Illinois. While lawmakers in Congress continue to stall reform measures directed at the criminal justice system, the Justice Department has proceeded to lessen the effect of outdated and overly stringent sentencing laws by recommending commutations in record numbers.

Federal drug charges filed in Illinois against 24 people

According to unsealed federal indictments, 24 people have been charged for transporting drugs, including heroin and cocaine, to Chicago via Amtrak trains. The charges were unsealed on Oct. 27 and announced by the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

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