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NACDL News: President Obama Commutes 351 Sentences in October and November; Clemency Project 2014 Surpasses 2,400 Submitted Petitions

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier

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After commuting the sentences of 200 prisoners in October, on November 4, President Obama commuted the sentences of 72 prisoners, and on November 22, another 79. That brings the total number of commutations granted by President Obama through November 2016 to 1,023, of which 523 were supported by Clemency Project 2014.

“We are happy that families are being reunited as a result of the president’s work in correcting long sentences,” said Cynthia W. Roseberry, project manager for Clemency Project 2014. “We were heartened by Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates’ statement [on October 25] that there will be ‘many more to come,’ and hope that the pace will accelerate in the coming weeks.”

Gerald B. Lefcourt, President of the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ), which was among the first to provide critical financial resources to establish Clemency Project 2014, commented on the milestone: “The Project, along with its support from FCJ, epitomizes the mission of the Found

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