The policy discussion around the President’s constitutional power to commute sentences has been reinvigorated.  The Obama Administration, like yesterday’s Ford and Kennedy Administrations, recognized that a direct path to correct the flaws of drug law sentencing is through a systematic exercise of the clemency power. As such, the Obama Administration called for the identification and vetting of long-standing drug cases, particularly where there has been a later change in the law.

CLEMENCY SPOTLIGHTS: President Obama Offers Ongoing ClemencyWilliam Underwood (denied clemency 1.18.17), Ronald Blount (denied clemency 1.18.17), 25 women, Leonard Peltier (denied clemency 1.18.17), Weldon Angelos (granted clemency 6.3.16), Clemency Recipient Norman Brown, Angela C. Wright (denied clemency 1.18.17), Marcus Garvey


Recent news on Commutations and Pardons

Las Vegas Review Journal
Oct 12, 2018

Trump may be inching toward broad criminal sentencing reform
Washington Examiner
Oct 10, 2018

Trump says he will release more inmates: ‘A lot of people’ jailed for ‘no reason’
Tulsa World
Aug 11, 2018

49 Oklahoma inmates imprisoned for drug crimes asking for commutations

Resources on Commutations and Pardons

The National Registry of Exonerations
Oct 3, 2018
Center on the Administration of Criminal Law at NYU Law School
Jun 10, 2018
Jun 10, 2018
The Marshall Project
Dec 29, 2017
California Coalition of Women Prisoners
Dec 23, 2017

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