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NACDL News: Clemency Project 2014: Breathing New Life Into Clemency Process
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer
NACDL News columns.
On April 23, 2014, Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced a new set of criteria the Justice Department and White House will use when considering clemency petitions from federal prisoners. The new criteria will help the Justice Department identify federal prisoners who, if sentenced today under current sentencing laws and policies, would likely have received a substantially lower sentence.
Clemency Project 2014, a working group composed of the Federal Defenders, the American Civil Liberties Union, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as individuals active within those organizations, wholeheartedly supports Cole’s announcement and the Justice Department’s plans to restore the integrity of the clemency process.
NACDL President Jerry Cox said: “Clemency Project 2014 marks the beginning of the end of the age of mass incarceration. We must seize this historic opportunity to start
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