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NACDL News: President Obama Caps Final Week in Office with 539 More Commutations

By Ezra Dunkle-Polier

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On Jan. 17, 2017, President Obama announced 209 grants of commutation, of which 100 were cases supported by Clemency Project 2014. Just two days later, on January 19, President Obama announced 330 more grants of commutation, of which 189 were supported by the Project. The 330 grants represented the largest single set of commutation grants of Obama’s tenure as president.

The total number of commutations granted by President Obama through his terms in office was 1,715, of which 894 were supported by Clemency Project 2014.

“We are grateful to President Obama for the historically large number of grants in a single round and in total,” said Cynthia W. Roseberry, project manager for Clemency Project 2014. “Our gratitude for all he has done to prove that we are a nation of second chances is eclipsed only by that of clemency recipients and their families.”


Clemency Project 2014, an unprecedented, wholly independent effort by the nation’s bar, recruited and trained nearly 4,00

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