President Trump: Commute the Prison Sentence of Former Rapper "Loon"
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Former Bad Boy Records recording artist "Loon" is serving an unjust sentence in federal prison for a very minor role in a non-violent drug offense. Mr. President, please grant him a presidential commutation of sentence.
Chauncey Hawkins, professionally known as Loon, was a multi-Platinum-selling recording artist signed to Bad Boy Records. He is most known for his hit songs with P. Diddy "I Need A Girl Part 1" featuring Usher and "I Need A Girl Part 2" featuring Ginuwine.
In 2008, Loon left the music industry to pursue a better, positive life after reverting to Islam and was traveling the world as a motivational speaker. He now goes by Amir Junaid Muhadith. However, while he was still in the music industry he made an introduction for someone who was involved with drugs and he got snared in a federal drug conspiracy case. He pleaded guilty for this minor role and agreed to a 14-year sentence to avoid the “trial tax” he would receive if he rejected the government's plea offer, which included very lengthy mandatory minimum enhancement penalties that would flow from a conviction after trial.
Prisons should be reserved for those who really need to be there. At the White House Prison Reform Summit, which I had the privilege of attending, you expressed concern for long sentences and stressed the importance of second chances for low-risk offenders. In commuting the prison sentence of Alice Johnson, you stated that “those who have paid their debt to society and worked hard to better themselves while in prison deserve a second chance.” Amir has done both.
And while thousands of offenders will be released or see their sentences shortened as a result of the First Step Act, the new law does not benefit Amir. He has already served 7 years of his sentence. This should be enough.
Mr. President - like Alice Johnson - Amir is deserving of your mercy and will be a better asset to the community as a free man where he intends to serve his community through the development of effective re-entry programs.
Please commute the remainder of his sentence without delay, so Amir can return home to his family and community, where he can use his talents to benefit others rather than simply being warehoused.
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