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Ifrah Law's Founder Jeff Ifrah Comments on Obama's Plans to Change Clemency Criteria

WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwired) -- 05/22/14 -- In April, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the White House had indicated that President Obama was considering additional clemency applications with the intention to "restore a degree of justice, fairness and proportionality for deserving individuals who do not pose a threat to public safety." According to Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary, the President has turned to the Department of Justice, asking for assistance in setting up a process that guarantees that any individual who has a valid case for commutation can trust that his or her petition will be seen and thoroughly evaluated. New clemency criteria, which are yet to be released, could result in thousands of new applications.

This decision is part of an ongoing push from the Obama administration to reassess sentences for drug crimes that were pronounced based on old federal guidelines. In 2010, Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act in order to reduce the disparity between convictions for crack and the powder form of the drug. As a result, thousands of inmates that were convicted before 2010 are still serving sentences which Obama called "unduly harsh." "The Obama Administration is finally making good on its commitment to reduce the federal prison population," says Jeff Ifrah, founder of Ifrah Law in Washington, DC, and former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. "Under the Justice Department's new criteria for evaluating clemency applications, hundreds of nonviolent inmates may be eligible for early release."

Dozens of lawyers who have a background in defense and prosecution will be assigned to help the Department of Justice to review incoming applications. Even though the general response to revising the guidelines in order to reduce sentences is positive, some assess the President's decision more critical. While U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch from Utah conceded the President's right to grant clemency, he said in a statement, "I hope President Obama is not seeking to change sentencing policy unilaterally. Congress, not the President, has authority to make sentencing policy." Jeff Ifrah on the other hand does not share Hatch's concerns: "Politicians from both sides of the aisle agree that lengthy federal sentences for nonviolent offenders is not just inhumane, but far too expensive. To address the problem, members of the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would give judges greater discretion when imposing sentences for nonviolent crime."

Jeff Ifrah's legal skills and record of success have earned him international recognition as a white-collar criminal defense lawyer and litigator. Multiple successful outcomes in complex, high-stake cases have earned Jeff an international reputation and his experience and know-how make Jeff a formidable opponent. After his appointments as trial lawyer and officer in the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps and as trial counsel to the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth, Jeff gained invaluable experience as a special assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney's office in New Jersey. Jeff then worked for two global law firms, Paul Hastings and Greenberg Traurig, before establishing his own law firm in Washington, D.C. Chambers USA has recognized Jeff for three years in a row as one of America's leading lawyers for litigation in the areas of White Collar Crime and Government Investigations and LexisNexis recognized him as an expert in healthcare and securities fraud.

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