3 in TN among latest federal offenders to be released early

President Obama announced Thursday plans to cut short the sentences of 98 more federal inmates, including three from Tennessee. 

The latest round brings the number of sentences Obama has commuted to 872, including 688 this year. According to the White House, that's more than the previous 11 presidents combined. 

Almost all of those receiving commutations were convicted of drug-related offenses and most are considered nonviolent offenders. 

Knoxville's Ishon D. Hardin is among those set to be released early. They are currently surving a 20 year sentence for drug charges that included possession with intent to distribute cocaine. 

Hardin's sentence is now commuted to expire on Feburary 24, 2017

Two West Tennessee inmates were also included in this latest round of clemency approvals. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report


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