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

Tulsa World
Aug 11, 2018

49 Oklahoma inmates imprisoned for drug crimes asking for commutations
Press Release
Justice Roundtable
Jul 20, 2018

Criminal Justice Reform Advocates to Hold Forum on July 25 to Discuss Clemency in the Trump Era, Featuring Commutation Recipient Alice Johnson & Bipartisan Clemency Advocates
The New York Times
Jul 15, 2018

The Quest to Get a Pardon in the Trump Era: ‘It’s Who You Know’

Resources on Commutations and Pardons

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
United States Senate
Dec 5, 2017

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