Lenora Logan deserves clemency, supporters say

On Feb. 18, President Donald Trump took clemency actions in 11 federal criminal cases. Three involved women who were convicted of non-violent offenses.There are other similar prisoners who supporters say also deserve clemency, including Lenora Logan.

Logan is a 59-year-old black woman sentenced to life in prison for conspiracy to distribute and sell crack cocaine. Her sentence was reduced to 30 years and she’s served 20. 

Alice Marie Johnson, a former federal prisoner and criminal justice reform advocate, wrote a letter in support of Logan’s application for a reduction of her sentence.

First incarcerated in September 1999, Logan is expected to be released in 2025, according to her petition for clemency, submitted in 2017. Logan is now recovering from an addiction to drugs, which started when she was a teenager and continued for 23 years. She took part in an in-house drug treatment program, and has used her time in prison to complete her GED, a nursing assistant apprenticeship, and a variety of other classes, including clinical skill office technology, computer skill office technology, financial records office technology, hospice, physical therapy apprenticeship and medical nursing assistant/mental health.

While in prison, Logan saved the life of a staff member on the mental health floor, Johnson said. She received three letters of valor from staff. After 13 years of clear conduct over a 15-year period and being a positive role model for other inmates, she was transferred to a low-security facility that allows her to go into the community unescorted, because she is not considered a threat to society.

Johnson wrote that Logan had the support of her family members, prison staff and others in her bid for clemency.

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