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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...

Friday Talking Points -- Deportation Clarification

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.02.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Donald Trump going to Mexico could have had a certain "Nixon goes to China" flavor about it, and he actually was getting some good reviews for crossing the very low bar of "not totally embarrassing himself or his country" -- at least for the first few hours. Then he went to Phoenix, and Mr. Hyde came back out.

Friday Talking Points -- Obama Earning His Nobel

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A few months back, he announced a major shift in U.S. policy towards Cuba, ending a half-century of frostiness, and this week the outlines of a deal to avoid a war with Iran were unveiled, thawing a relationship that froze over back in 1979.

Sam Stein

Obama Commutes 22 Drug Sentences, Instantly Doubling The Number Of Commutations He's Issued | Sam Stein | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 22 individuals on Tuesday, more than doubling the number of commutations he has issued ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Grants Clemency For Drug Offenders, Including Four Who Were Set To Die Behind Bars | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal drug defendants on Wednesday, including four who were set to die in feder...

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.

Ryan J. Reilly

DOJ To Overhaul Clemency Process For Drug Offenders | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department will announce this week new criteria for recommending that President Barack Obama grant clemency to federal drug ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Justice Department Drug Case Clemency Meeting Has Advocate 'Really Encouraged' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top Justice Department official met with defense lawyers and criminal justice reform advocates on Tuesday, seeking help in finding pri...

Jerry Brown's Pardons Focus On Drug Offenses

The Sacramento Bee | JEREMY B. WHITE | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics

In the holiday spirit of forgiveness, Gov. Jerry Brown announced pardons on Tuesday for 127 people. Everyone getting their names cleared finished ser...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Says Obama Still Has Time To Improve Pardon Record | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's a bit too soon to judge President Barack Obama on his terrible pardon record, Attorney General Eric Holder told a group of African-...

President Obama, Pardon Both the Turkey and Drug War Prisoners for the Holidays

Anthony Papa | Posted 01.26.2014 | Crime
Anthony Papa

I support and applaud President Obama's treatment of turkeys. But I have to ask the president: what about the treatment of the more than 100,000 people who are incarcerated in the federal system because of the war on drugs?

Pardon Humans, Not Just Turkeys

Molly M. Gill | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics
Molly M. Gill

More commutations would also fatten up President Obama's rail-thin pardoning record of a mere 39 pardons and a single commutation -- the worst tally of any president in history.

Letters from Prison

Mark Osler | Posted 11.10.2013 | Religion
Mark Osler

If we are honest, we all have an agenda. My own agenda is shaped by a passage my mom taught me, Micah 6:8. It teaches that what God requires is that we seek justice, love mercy, and "walk humbly with our God."

Clemency Reform: We're Still Waiting

Julie Stewart | Posted 09.18.2013 | Crime
Julie Stewart

A year ago, The Washington Post and ProPublica reported that the Obama administration was set to reverse its poor record on clemency. It didn't happen. Since winning reelection, President Obama has not commuted a single sentence.

Walker Draws Criticism Over Big Refusal

Associated Press | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics

Gov. Scott Walker has refused to consider any of at least 1,400 pardon applications since he's taken office, an Associated Press review has found....

Pardon Attorney Torpedoes Plea for Presidential Mercy

Posted 05.14.2012 | Crime

ProPublica's Dafna Linzer reports: A version of this story was co-published with The Washington Post. Clarence Aaron seemed to be especially deservin...

Who's to Blame for Pardon Abuse?

Mark Osler | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
Mark Osler

We repeatedly express surprise when this unilateral power is used and are quick to decry the lack of principle behind some uses of the pardon power. Yet we never ask how a candidate would use the pardon power during the election cycle?

Pardon Me?

Kim Carter | Posted 04.14.2012 | Los Angeles
Kim Carter

When Haley Barbour gave out 215 pardons a few weeks back, the relatives of victims immediately contacted the media to share their outrage. The media seem to have completely ignored the reality that the real problem is systematic.

Why Did Governor Haley Barbour's Pardons Cause Such A Backlash?

Molly M. Gill | Posted 03.20.2012 | Crime
Molly M. Gill

The last 30 years of sentencing policy may provide an answer. Getting "tough on crime" became popular among the public and politicians alike. We rejected the notion that a criminal could be rehabilitated.

Presidential Pardons Heavily Favor Whites

Dafna Linzer and Jennifer LaFleur | Posted 12.06.2011 | Black Voices

First of two parts. Part two here [1]. This story was co-published [2] with The Washington Post.White criminals seeking presidential pardons over the ...

Review Of Pardons In Past Decade Shows Process Heavily Favored Whites

The Washington Post | Posted 12.04.2011 | Crime

White criminals seeking presidential pardons over the past decade have been nearly four times as likely to succeed as minorities, a ProPublica examina...

Cowardice Killed Troy Davis

Norm Stamper | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

There is one rarely heard argument against the death penalty that deserves a place in the debate: Executions are the coward's way out.

Arthur Delaney

The Elusiveness Of Presidential Pardons | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.03.2011 | Politics

A 1975 felony conviction and three-year prison stint ended Randy Eugene Dyer's career as a bad guy who imported drugs from Mexico and started his care...

Scott Sisters Freed! Gov. Barbour Wants a Kidney for their Freedom

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

I wish the Scott Sisters the best in their regaining their freedom and hope they lead fruitful lives. And I pray that Governor Barbour does not use the freedom for organs tradeoff anymore in the future to save the state of Mississippi tax dollars.

Whistleblower Birkenfeld Asks Obama For Pardon | David Voreacos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Birkenfeld, 45, has asked President Barack Obama to commute a 40-month term he began in January at Schuylkill Federal Correctional Institution for his...