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NACDL News: President Obama Announces Third Set of Clemency Grants in Two Months

By Ezra Dunkle-Polier, Katherine Holden, and Ivan J. Dominguez

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In his third set of clemency grants in just over two months, on June 3, 2016, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 42 prisoners, 25 of whom were applicants whose petitions were supported by Clemency Project 2014. Of the 25 petitions that came through the Project, 14 of the prisoners were serving life sentences.

Following the clemency grants, Cynthia W. Roseberry, project manager for Clemency Project 2014, said: “[These] grants, on the heels of 119 grants between March 30 and May 5, are certainly encouraging both to those awaiting word on their petitions and to the thousands of volunteer lawyers across the nation who are assisting them. On behalf of the Project and the many deserving people it serves, I want to express gratitude to President Obama for [these] grants. We look forward to many more.”

Clemency Project 2014, an unprecedented, independent effort by the nation’s bar, has recruited and trained nearly 4,000 volunteer lawyers from diverse practic

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