Obama administration announces sentence commutations for 58 federal convicts, including Indianapolis man

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday commuted the prison sentences of 58 federal convicts, including one man from Indianapolis.

The action is part of a broader effort to overhaul the criminal justice system and ease punishments for nonviolent drug offenders. Most whose sentences were cut short are now due out on September 2, though some will be released over the next two years.

Corey D. Howard, of Indianapolis, was sentenced on Feb. 9, 2005 for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute in excess of five kilograms of cocaine (mixture).

He received a sentence of 20 years in prison, 10 years of supervised release and a $2,000 fine. Howard’s sentence will now expire on September 2, 2016.

Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement that the prisoners have been “granted a second chance to lead productive and law-abiding lives.”

The Justice Department revamped the clemency process two years ago to encourage more applications from nonviolent federal offenders.

The full list of commutations can be found here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.