President Joe Biden reduced the sentences of three Alabamians serving time for meth-related federal crimes on Tuesday.
These are the first actions on clemency he has taken since his administration began in 2020.
Sergio Acosta of Montgomery conspired to distribute over 500 grams of a substance containing methamphetamine in Kentucky. He was initially sentenced to 97 months in prison in 2018.
Kirstie Marie Smith Isreal of Albertville was imprisoned for possessing over 50 grams of meth with the intent to distribute in 2017 in Alabama.
Daniel Valencia of Maylene was sentenced to 135 months in prison for importing meth and a mixture containing meth in 2015.
All three sentences were commuted to expire on April 26, 2023. At that time, the prisoners will be able to serve the remainder of their sentences in home confinement.
Nationally, Biden granted clemency to 78 individuals, three of which were pardons. The other 75 were commutations. Of the 75 commutations, almost all serve sentences related to drugs and controlled substances.
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