life sentence • served 23 years in federal prison • Pres. Obama commuted on March 30, 2016 • renowned salsa musician

Ismael Rosa’s magnetic salsa vocals and big-band orchestra La Justicia commanded the 1980’s. But Ismael Rosa’s six-day career in a drug ring was a costly one. Federal prosecutors used the Three Strikes Drug Law to force the judge to sentence Ismael to life in prison.  Ismael was a nonviolent drug offender whose first two strikes were for using cocaine. He had never spent a day in prison before being sentenced to life.  Ismael Rosa spent  23 years in prison. President Obama granted him clemency on March 30, 2016. Ismael is back on stage singing his heart out.