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Georgia residents may be interested to learn that Barack Obama's last major act as president was to commute the sentences of 330 federal inmates. This brings the total number of commutations that were granted under his presidency to a total of 1,715.

One of the prisoners who had his sentence commuted had been behind bars for 13 years. He was taken into custody in 2002 after his brother asked him to obtain marijuana for a drug deal. While he sold the marijuana to an undercover cop, his brother sold crack cocaine, resulting in a cocaine offense even though the inmate himself was not involved. However, the former president set his release for January 2019 with the requirement that he enroll in a drug treatment program.

Former president Obama reportedly personally reviewed every single case when a person asked for a commutation. In order to be eligible, prisoners had to have already served 10 years of their prison sentence, though there were a few exceptions. Further, inmates had to have exhibited good behavior while they were behind bars. Obama's White House counsel stated that Obama was most motivated to grant clemency to those who worked hard to turn their lives around while in prison, including those who furthered their education by obtaining GEDs.

People who have been issued drug chargescould face years in prison and other harsh consequences if a conviction is obtained. As a result, they may want to meet with a criminal defense attorney and attempt to build a strategy to use at or before trial. One such defense could be an attack on the search that led to the seizure of the drugs as being made without the requisite probable cause.

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