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December 2017 , Page 09 

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Inside NACDL: Mercy on Death Row

By Rick Stack

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NACDL’s commitment to clemency, particularly the commutation of unnecessarily harsh prison sentences, is now well known to all. NACDL and its Foundation for Criminal Justice were early and critical supporters of Clemency Project 2014. That project was one of the largest and most successful pro bono projects ever undertaken by the legal profession. It led to nearly 900 federal prisoners securing early release from prison as part of the Obama administration clemency initiative. And earlier this year, NACDL partnered with Families Against Mandatory Minimums to found the NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project. That project is now in a full-fledged partnership with New York state to process hundreds of clemency applicants under an initiative launched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The focus of these programs has been to obtain early release for long-serving inmates pursuant to an executive branch effort to systematically identify prisoners who have earned this consideration. Unfortuna

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