Washington, DC (Oct. 27, 2016) – After commuting the sentences of 102 prisoners on October 6, President Obama today brought October's total thus far to 200 by commuting the sentences of 98 more prisoners. Of today's 98 grants, more than 60 were in cases supported by Clemency Project 2014. That brings the total number of commutations granted by President Obama to date to 872, of which more than 410 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 earlier this week that there will be 'many more to come,' and hope that the pace will accelerate in the coming weeks."
Clemency Project 2014, an unprecedented, wholly independent effort by the nation's bar, has recruited and trained nearly 4,000 volunteer lawyers from diverse practice backgrounds and completed screening of over 34,000 of the more than 36,000 federal prisoners who have requested volunteer assistance. The Project's painstaking review of these cases revealed that the overwhelming majority of those requests were by applicants who did not meet the criteria put forward by the Department of Justice in April 2014. To date, Clemency Project 2014 has submitted more than 2,150 petitions to the Office of the Pardon Attorney.
The American Bar Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the Federal Public and Community Defenders, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers have joined together under a working group they call Clemency Project 2014. Through the efforts of Clemency Project 2014, the participating organizations are identifying potential clemency petitioners and recruiting and training volunteer lawyers to assist them in securing clemency.
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