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NACDL News: President Obama Announces Single Largest Set of Clemency Grants Since Taking Office

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier

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On August 3, in his fourth set of clemency grants since March 30, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 214 prisoners, 118 of whom were applicants whose petitions were supported by Clemency Project 2014. This is more than double the number of commutations granted on any single day thus far during President Obama’s tenure. Indeed, these grants bring the total number of commutations granted by President Obama since taking office to 562, more than any president since Calvin Coolidge.

Shortly after the White House announced these grants, Cynthia W. Roseberry, project manager for Clemency Project 2014, said: “The president made history today. President Obama granted more commutations today alone than any president has granted during their entire time in office since the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson. On behalf of the Project and the many deserving people it serves, I want to express tremendous gratitude to President Obama. With less than six months remai

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