Crystal Munoz has already served nine years of a 15-year sentence for possession of marijuana. Now, with President Obama set to leave office in less than a week, reports Victoria Law, she worries that this may be her last chance for clemency, “and her last chance to reunite with her two daughters before they enter high school.”
Presidents can grant clemency to inmates in federal prisons by pardon, which expunges the conviction entirely, or by commutation, which lessens the length of the sentence.
“It’s marijuana. People are now making money legally for what she’s sitting in prison for,” Povah told Broadly.
Crystal was denied clemency, without explanation, back in September but she and her family aren’t giving up. Her husband has started a Change.org petition, while Crystal is submitting a request for reconsideration before Obama leaves office.