News Release –FAMM, Washington Lawyers’ Committee, NACDL Launch Emergency Compassionate Release Effort
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

In a massive pro bono effort, our groups are recruiting, training, and supporting lawyers who agree to represent individuals in federal prisons eligible for compassionate release and those at special risk due to COVID-19.

In an effort to save as many lives as possible during the coronavirus pandemic, The Compassionate Release Clearinghouse launched an emergency release initiative that is designed to match qualified individuals in federal prisons who are applying for compassionate release with free legal counsel.  The Compassionate Release Clearinghouse is a collaborative pro bono effort from FAMM, the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

While many attorneys have already answered the call to help, the Clearinghouse continues actively to recruit additional attorneys and law firms to join in the effort. One can volunteer at

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