Terri Sewell asks Trump administration to​ show ‘compassion,’​ release​ former Birmingham Mayor​ Larry Langford from prison

Terri Sewell
U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell

Alabama 7th District U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell on Wednesday called upon the Federal Bureau of Prisons for an immediate reduction in sentence for former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford, who is in critical condition but was denied compassionate release.

Langford, 72,  is suffering from several illnesses including end-stage pulmonary disease, emphysema and heart failure. He is currently serving a 15 year sentence in federal prison for bribery and public corruption.

“During this season of hope, I am calling on the Trump Administration to act with compassion and immediately reduce Mayor Langford’s sentence due to his deteriorating health,” said Sewell. “Justice should be fair but also merciful. Mayor Larry Langford has served over eight years in federal prison and should spend his final days surrounded by family in Birmingham, Alabama.”

Sewell previously advocated for the compassionate release of Langford in 2015 and 2016 during the Obama Administration. Langford has suffered from worsening, chronic health conditions for years and​ according to Sewell​ meets all of the legal criteria for a reduction in sentence as an elderly inmate with medical conditions.