That is not easy to do. Before a recent new law, it was nearly impossible, and even now, it’s exceedingly rare.
But the man had already served thirty years in prison for a non-violent drug crime that would not receive the same sentence today, and he had amassed a strong record of rehabilitation. Even the judge who had sentenced him supported his release. Still, we bet it took a lot of work to get there.
Congratulations to the students and director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Clinic.