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Upstate mom reacts after son receives clemency from President

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Dendy with his mother, Tracey Washington (Courtesy: Tracey Washington) Dendy with his mother, Tracey Washington (Courtesy: Tracey Washington)
Terrence Dendy, incarcerated on a federal drug conviction, was one of hundreds granted clemency Monday (Courtesy: Tracey Washington) Terrence Dendy, incarcerated on a federal drug conviction, was one of hundreds granted clemency Monday (Courtesy: Tracey Washington)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Tracey Washington has not seen her son Terrence Dendy in years. 

Dendy is in prison serving a 15-year sentence for cocaine and felony firearm possession. When he was arrested around age 25, his mother said it was devastating.

"It hurt," said Washington. "We all know that when we bring a child in the world, we are hoping that everything is gonna be all right. He grows up, gets married, has kids. We get to see everything that he will accomplish. It just seemed like it was like - a halt."

While Washington and her son converse via telephone frequently, she said visiting has proven too painful. 

"He just don't want me to see him like that - locked up like that," said Washington. "I don't even know how he looks now. I don't know if he has gotten bigger."

On the phone, Dendy reassures his mother. 

"He just says 'Mama, I am okay," said Washington.

Monday President Obama commuted the sentences of 153 prison inmates and pardoned 78 - the highest number of commutations and pardons in a single day by any president. These pardons and commutations were for mostly non-violent drug offenders, which the White House says make up 50 percent of the U.S. prison population.

In fact, statistics show the President has commuted more than 1,100 sentences during his two terms, the most since Lyndon B. Johnson. Still, thousands of inmates who apply for clemency don't get it. President Obama has denied close to 14,000 inmates clemency since taking office, according to the Dept. of Justice. That is the highest number of denials of any president on record. 

Washington said she is grateful to the President for the mercy shown to her son, and believes Dendy will turn his life around when he is released in 2018 - a few years ahead of schedule. Dendy will have to undergo drug treatment as a condition of his release. 

Another inmate from western North Carolina, Michael Darity, was also granted clemency Monday. 

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