Buju Banton could be a big beneficiary of changes in sentencing guidelines for non-violent drug offenders.
The biggest federal inmate release on record took place over the weekend.
About 6,600 inmates was released, with 16,500 expected to get out the first year.
More than 40,000 federal felons could be released early over the next several years, the U.S. Sentencing Commission said.
The sentencing commission decided a year ago to lower maximum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders and to make the change retroactive, with the inmate releases effective November 1, 2015. Sentences were reduced an average of 18%, the commission said.
While a gun was involved in the Buju Banton drug case, it was never used and no violence act took place in the alleged act. The fact that Buju was reportedly pressured should also help his case.
When added with the fact that the lead juror in the deejay’s case was charged for researching the case outside of court, could also help Buju Banton.
Banton, who is a Reggae veteran, has also recorded pop and dance songs, as well as songs dealing with sociopolitical topics.
He released early dancehall singles in 1991, but came to prominence in 1992 with two albums, including Mr. Mention, which became the best-selling album in Jamaican history upon its release.
Banton signed with major label Mercury Records and released Voice of Jamaica the following year. By the mid-1990s, Banton had converted to the Rastafari faith, and his music undertook a more spiritual tone.
His 2010 album Before the Dawn won Best Reggae Album at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.
Banton gained international notoriety early on in his career for the anti-gay track “Boom Bye Bye”, as well as for his 2009 arrest and conviction in the United States on drug conspiracy and firearms charges, for which he is currently serving a ten-year federal prison sentence.
He is scheduled to be released in January 2019.