A case for Clemency - by Chase Madar
The American Conservative
P.S. Ruckman talks about Nkechi Taifa and Mark Osler's piece in the Baltimore Sun
Jonathan Simon - Ending Prison Overcrowding through the Categorical use of Pardon Power
LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
When Wars End Clemency is Granted - Grant Clemency to End the War on Drugs
In April 2014, President Barack Obama urged thousands of federal prisoners to apply for executive clemency and they did. At least 35,000 prisoners have applied for mercy, but only
2 in 100 have been granted. Most of the petitions have not been processed.
Recently White House Officials have put their focus on reentry assistance. While reentry is an important issue for anyone leaving prison, it does not address the fact that we have at least 2,000 federal nonviolent offenders serving life without parole. In 2013, Jennifer Turner of the ACLU authored Life Without Parole, A Living Deaththat identified a demographic of inmates who received egregious sentences, yet are not a significant risk to public safety.
Mark Osler from St. Thomas School of Law has frequently written about group or category clemency.
In November of 2012Michael Kennedy and David Holland submitted a Group Petition for Commutation for 5 elderly marijuana offenders sentenced to life without parole after being charged with conspiracy and electing to go to trial.
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