Texas inmate spurns President Obama’s offer of clemency

Despite an offer of leniency for non-violent crimes committed, a Texas inmate has reputedly rejected an offer by President Obama for a conditional pardon under the president’s executive clemency program.

Jailed in 2002 after a drug-trafficking conviction, 50-year-old Arnold Ray Jones applied for but rejected the clemency in view of the fact a condition of his early release demanded he enroll in a residential drug treatment program.

While the White House has not offered a comment on the clemency and Mr. Jones also refused comment, files related to the Texas convict’s jailing reflect he was a habitual crack cocaine user prior to his arrest and has indicated treatment programs were unhelpful.

29,000 inmates have responded to Mr. Obama’s call to petition for clemency, and over 673 inmates have been granted leniency under the president’s initiative.

The group including Jones raised the total to 775, but his refusing the offer reduced the number of those granted freedom to 774 to-date, most of whom have been convicted of non-violent drug offenses.

Jones has six years remaining to serve on his original sentence.  He is eligible for early release in 2019 for good behavior.

 

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