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Clemency

The Day Jimmy Carter Called Me Out

Mark Osler | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion
Mark Osler

As Jimmy Carter faces cancer, many of the people who were influenced by this gracious, thoughtful man are brought to sadness. I am one of them. President Carter told me what I needed to hear -- that I was not doing enough in service to the world.

Beauty and Injustice in Lakota Land

Jack Healey | Posted 07.27.2015 | Impact
Jack Healey

Even amid staggering poverty and neglect, the descendents of the great Oglala Sioux Chief Crazy Horse remain a strong and proud people in the face of unimaginable difficulty.

Congress May Actually Do Something On Criminal Justice Reform

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Criminal justice reform seems to be the bipartisan issue of the day. Across the political spectrum, from the Koch brothers to Presi...

To All the Governors Out There, Follow the President's Lead on Clemency

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 07.16.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

To all the governors out there, follow the president's lead. Start robustly using your executive clemency powers to reduce your state's prison population. Release those non-violent offenders who don't need to be serving their entire natural lives in prison.

From 'Release Valve' To 'Political Animals': The Evolution Of Parole Boards

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.15.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

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Here's How It Feels To Lose Obama's Get-Out-Of-Prison Lottery

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

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Dana Liebelson

Obama Frees Dozens Of Nonviolent Federal Inmates

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama announced Monday that he has granted dozens of federal inmates their freedom, as part of an effort to counteract ...

Dana Liebelson

Thousands Of Inmates Await Obama Decision: 'It's Like Being In A Delivery Room'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Dicky Joe Jackson was caught selling meth in order to pay for a bone marrow transplant for his young son. He’s now serving a life sent...

Gov. Bobby Jindal Denies Clemency to Prisoner Serving 13 Years for Possessing Two Joints

Anthony Papa | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Anthony Papa

In the case of Bernard Noble it seems that Louisiana's Governor Jindal has chosen not to show the compassion that our President has shown and instead ignores the injustice of Noble's case while he rots away in prison for 13 years for the possession of two joints.

You Tele-Conferenced Me in Prison: Once a Cold Heart, Always a Cold Heart

Lee C. Camp | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

It is painful to hear true confession, often accompanied by grief and shame, to lay before others one's worst deeds.

A Wormhole of Mercy at Easter

Mark Osler | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Mark Osler

Buried beneath the Holy Week headlines about a religious freedom law in Indiana was a remarkable event: President Obama shortened the sentences of 22 federal prisoners under the pardon power, and wrote them a letter. It was a fitting gesture for a season of hope and renewal.

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama: I'll Use Clemency Power 'More Aggressively'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama plans to grant clemency to federal offenders "more aggressively" during the remainder of his presidency, he said ...

It's Time: Call for Clemency for Leonard Peltier

Jack Healey | Posted 05.09.2015 | Impact
Jack Healey

Clemency is a request any citizen can make of our government, and all our voices need to be heard. We just want Leonard to go to his home on the northern plains and be able to spend what remains of his life with his family and be able to rest and be at ease with his people of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, his relatives in Indian country, and with us.

13 Years for Two Joints? Louisiana Gov. Jindal Needs to Correct Injustice With Clemency

Anthony Papa | Posted 02.14.2015 | Crime
Anthony Papa

I was lucky enough to be granted executive clemency in 1997. Since my release I have continued to advocate for prisoners who are stuck in prison, sentenced to tremendous amounts of time for small amounts of drugs.

The Final Round in Anthony McKinney's Quest for Justice

Steve Drizin | Posted 02.02.2015 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Had a new jury seen this new evidence of Anthony McKinney's innocence, it would have acquitted him. But Anthony never got the chance to prove his innocence in court. After serving 35 years in prison, Anthony died alone in his prison cell on August 27, 2013. He was 53.

Dear Governor Beebe: Please Bring Belynda Home for the Holidays

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 01.25.2015 | Crime
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

To the police, Belynda wasn't a victim. She wasn't a stunned and grieving widow with three children. She was a suspect. No, she was worse. In their eyes, she was the perpetrator.

Death by Imprisonment: America's War on Melanin Possession and the Indigent

MiAngel Cody | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
MiAngel Cody

Although the 1986 overdose death of 11-year-old Reynolds Allen Wintersmith Jr.'s mother, unlike that of all-American basketball standout Len Bias that same year, did not thrust our nation's legislators into reactive political pandemonium, the federal drug-sentencing policies of that year would later impact this motherless son's life in a most damning and undeniable way.

Expanded Clemency Program Deserves Bipartisan Support

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Inimai Chettiar

Until Congress passes bills like Rob Portman's Second Chance Reauthorization Act, or the bipartisan Smarter Sentencing Act, we'll remain a long way off from a fair, effective criminal justice system.

Criminal Injustice

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

For decades, Congress has implemented policies that distort America's criminal justice system and tip the scales of justice in favor of punishment over rehabilitation. As a matter of civil rights and basic justice, our criminal justice system must change.

2,785 Petitioners for Clemency Need All of the Mercy Obama Can Give

Megan Quattlebaum | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Megan Quattlebaum

The clemency power is not an invention of an activist president but a guarantee of Article II of the United States Constitution.

A Glimmer Of Hope For Man Sentenced To Life On A Non-Violent Drug Crime

CNN | Posted 04.27.2014 | Crime

"I did not really realize I was getting life until the date of sentencing. When my attorney told me, I told him that I wanted to take back my guilty p...

Friday Talking Points - Seven More Amendments

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There were two political stampedes this week, both towards and then back away from the same man: rancher Cliven Bundy. So, at least for the spectators, it was an amusing week in politics.

Ryan J. Reilly

DOJ Gears Up For Massive Obama Clemency Push

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department has dramatically expanded the criteria for federal inmates eligible for presidential clemency and is preparing to...

Obama Clemency Plan for Drug Law Offenders Is Welcome News

Anthony Papa | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Anthony Papa

As someone who received executive clemency from the governor of New York in 1997, I know personally the power of such an extraordinary act of mercy to people who have already served enormous amounts of time imprisoned under unjust drug laws.

Battered Women Behind Bars

Julie Flynn Badal | Posted 05.13.2014 | Arts
Julie Flynn Badal

At the time of their trials, the legal system had little understanding of the Battered Spouse Syndrome and did not allow evidence of ongoing abuse to be presented to the judge and jury. As a result, these women were harshly convicted with life sentences.