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Will This Be The Last Time Prisoners Are Granted Clemency?

The Huffington Post | Jason Hernandez | Posted 01.17.2017 | Politics

This piece is the second second installment in the ACLU’s “Waking Up in Trump’s America” series. As someone who was fortunate to have his sent...

Obama's Hesitation To Free An Elderly Political Prisoner Is Shameful

Juan Cartagena | Posted 01.16.2017 | Latino Voices
Juan Cartagena

I ask you, Mr. President, after you have crusaded against disproportionately long criminal sentences, who is counseling you to deny clemency to this one senior citizen?

The Internet Wants To Give Chelsea Manning A Hug

Evan Greer | Posted 01.16.2017 | Queer Voices
Evan Greer

People are posting #HugsForChelsea photos, with arms outstretched, asking Obama to grant clemency for imprisoned transparency advocate. Chelsea Mannin...

What My Pardon From Governor Andrew Cuomo Means To Me

Anthony Papa | Posted 01.03.2017 | New York
Anthony Papa

On Dec. 30, 2016 I received a call from Governor Andrew Cuomo's office informing me that I was just granted a pardon. My knees shook and arms got numb...

Anti-Apartheid leader calls for Peltier release

Jack Healey | Posted 12.21.2016 | Impact
Jack Healey

Readers: Below is a letter from one of the great lawyers of the anti-apartheid period. Denis Kuny is one of the few who defended the Mandela's as well...

Obama Commutes 153 Sentences, Pardons 78, In Clemency Push

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.20.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― President Barack Obama shortened sentences of 153 federal prisoners on Monday as part of a clemency push before he leaves office in a f...

John Legend To Obama: End Criminal Injustice Before White House Exit

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 12.16.2016 | Black Voices

Before President Obama leaves office next month, John Legend has one last request for the commander-in-chief: “bring an end to the injustice that re...

What Will Happen to the Clemency Movement in the Trump Administration?

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 12.05.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Obama's White House counsel has said the president, even though a lame duck, will keep on granting clemencies in his final days in office.

Obama Has Now Granted Clemency To More Than 1,000 Federal Prisoners

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.22.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― President Barack Obama granted clemency to 79 federal inmates on Tuesday, meaning he has given commutations to more than 1,000 individu...

They Were Sentenced To Die In Federal Prison. Now They Want Obama To Give Others A Shot At Clemency.

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.22.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― A group of former federal prisoners who had their sentences commuted by President Barack Obama are urging the president to do as much a...

Trump's Election And Criminal Justice Reform

Regan Hines | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
Regan Hines

As is often the case with Trump, it is difficult to know exactly what he will support when it comes down to actual policy but there are some clues.

Obama Shortens Dozens More Federal Drug Sentences. Many Would Have Died Behind Bars.

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― President Barack Obama on Friday granted commutations to 72 additional federal prisoners who had been given long sentences for drug cha...

Obama Just Cut The Sentences Of 98 Drug Offenders

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.28.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 98 federal prisoners on Thursday, meaning he has shortened the sentences of 872 indivi...

Master P Requests Pardon For Convicted Rappers

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 09.27.2016 | Crime

Rapper and hip-hop mogul Percy “Master P” Miller is asking President Barack Obama to pardon two former members of his music label, saying the evid...

Obama's Pardons Highlight Need For Criminal Justice Overhaul

Regan Hines | Posted 09.06.2016 | Crime
Regan Hines

The United States currently imprisons more people than any country in the history of the world. So much for the "Land of the Free."

Dozens Of Evangelical Leaders Petition Texas To Stop Scheduled Execution

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.22.2016 | Religion

A group of nearly 50 evangelical leaders are urging the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and Governor Greg Abbott to halt the upcoming execution of ...

Obama Just Granted Hundreds Of Drug Offenders Freedom. Dozens Would Have Died Behind Bars.

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― President Barack Obama on Wednesday commuted the sentences of 214 federal prisoners who were incarcerated on drug charges. The White Ho...

This Former Inmate Fights for Others' Freedom From Life Sentences

NationSwell | Posted 04.28.2016 | Impact
NationSwell

Jason Hernandez never thought he would see the outside world again.

Petitioners Seek Release Of Imprisoned Rapper

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 04.21.2016 | Crime

A petition calling for the release of rap artist McKinley "Mac" Phipps, serving time for a killing he says he didn't commit, has been signed by more t...

Norman Brown Was Supposed To Die In Prison. Now He Wants The President To Help Those He Left Behind.

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.09.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Norman Brown is done with flip phones. Twenty-six years ago, when Brown and his associates were selling crack cocaine in the nation’s ...

Obama Issues 61 Commutations, Critics Assail Clemency Pace

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.08.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

On March 30, President Obama commuted the prison sentences of 61 federal prisoners - over a third of whom were serving life sentences, for drug or fir...

Governor Fallin Grants Clemency to Larry Yarbrough

Anthony Papa | Posted 03.23.2016 | Crime
Anthony Papa

Activists have fought hard for many years to get back his freedom. Prayers were answered when Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin granted Yarbrough executive clemency on March 18, 2016.

Despite Rhetoric of Criminal Justice Reform, Benefits Are Slow to Come for Those Aging in Prisons in New York State

Nick Malinowski | Posted 03.17.2016 | New York
Nick Malinowski

Due in large part to the harsh sentencing laws of the past half-century -- mandatory minimums, three-strike laws, the expansion of life without parole -- senior citizens make up one of the fastest rising prison demographics.

What Humans of New York Got Right About Federal Prison -- and What it Left Out

Amos Irwin | Posted 02.19.2017 | Politics
Amos Irwin

Humans of New York (HONY) just ended its powerful series inside federal prison, leaving some fans with questions. How do his profiles stack up against the broader federal prison population? And what can we each do to help fix the system?

Forging a Path to True Criminal Justice Reform in New York

JoAnne Page | Posted 01.13.2017 | New York
JoAnne Page

In 2016, our leaders in City Hall and the State Capital can take affirmative steps to reduce the number of incarcerated New Yorkers, while increasing services to those who are behind bars.