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September-October 2017 , Page 09 

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Inside NACDL: Clemency Project Redux: NACDL Renews Effort to Seek Freedom for the Imprisoned

By Norman L. Reimer

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NACDL is pleased to return to the clemency space. On August 21, 2017, NACDL and Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), with support from the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ) and its generous donors, announced the launch of a major state-focused clemency initiative, the NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project.1 The program is designed to recruit, train, and provide resource support to pro bono attorneys who will assist state prisoners in submitting applications for sentence commutation. This new undertaking is a direct result of NACDL’s historic participation in the federal clemency project. 

Exactly one year ago, in the fall of 2016, NACDL and its partners in Clemency Project 20142 (CP 2014) were scrambling to submit as many petitions as possible on behalf of inmates who appeared to qualify for the Obama administration’s clemency initiative. Without a public commitment from either major presidential candidate to continue the program, project participants, including

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