President Obama has made it clear that one of the priorities of his final year in office will be criminal justice reform. Last summer, he became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison, the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma, where he granted clemency to dozens of non-violent inmates.
Dozens is nothing. When new retroactive federal sentencing reductions went into effect last fall, more than 6,000 non-violent drug offenders were released. As the president explained, too many non-violent offenders were locked up, and their makeup was “disproportionately black and Latino.”
Judicial Watch reports today that one non-violent drug offender who benefited from early release, 35-year-old Wendell Callahan, now faces the death penalty for fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend and her two children, ages 7 and 10, “to eliminate them as witnesses” to their mother’s murder.
Crack Dealer Freed Early Under Obama Plan Murders Woman, 2 Kids: A convicted crack dealer who left prison earl… https://t.co/MBtMc5pa4X
— Judicial Watch (@JudicialWatch) March 2, 2016
Judicial Watch reports:
Callahan should have been in jail when the crimes occurred, but he was released four years early because federal sentencing guidelines for crack dealers got reduced. The change is part of President Obama’s effort to reform the nation’s justice system as a way of ending racial discrimination. The initiative was technically launched back in 2010 when the president signed a measure that for the first time in decades relaxed drug-crime sentences he claimed discriminated against poor and minority offenders. This severely weakened a decades-old law enacted during the infamous crack cocaine epidemic that ravaged urban communities nationwide in the 1980s. As part of the movement the U.S. Sentencing Commission lowered maximum sentences for drug offenders and made it retroactive, leading to the early release of thousands of violent thugs like Callahan.
Here are some older tweets to provide context.
RIGHT NOW: 3 counts of murder filed against Wendell Louis Callahan for the stabbing deaths of his ex-girlfriend & her daughters ages 7 & 10
— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) January 12, 2016
— Lisa Rantala (@rantalawsyx) January 12, 2016
Last month Wendell Callahan was charged with using a knife to murder his ex-girlfriend and her two young daugh… https://t.co/tWqSF60HHP
— Lydia Buffington (@madambuffington) February 11, 2016
This week, a grand jury returned a 10-count indictment against Callahan which calls for the death penalty — unless someone intervenes and commutes his sentence.
NEW: Accused killer Wendell Callahan will face the death penalty. MORE: https://t.co/hpJhZIIrK1
— 10TV.com (@10TV) March 1, 2016
Is anyone else reminded of the consequences of San Francisco’s compassionate “sanctuary city” policy for the late Kate Steinle?