White House Promises to Speed Up Clemency Program
April 1, 2016

“White House Counsel Neil Eggleston rebutted critics who’ve questioned whether the administration is truly committed to its clemency initiative.

“Obama has commuted the sentences of 248 federal prisoners, mostly low-level drug offenders affected by mandatory minimum drug sentences, including 61 on Wednesday. While that’s more than the past six presidents combined, the pace of commutations since the Justice Department announced its clemency initiative two years ago has disappointed advocates. The White House has promised to pick up the pace, but so far, acceleration has been halting. That’s about to change, Eggleston said on Friday at a POLITICO Playbook Breakfast.

“‘No more eating, sleeping or drinking until we get all these commutations done,’ Eggleston recalled telling his staff after Obama met on Wednesday with people who’d had their sentences commuted in the past.”

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