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Battered Women Behind Bars

Julie Flynn Badal | Posted 03.13.2014 | 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.

Narcotic Sentencing's Long Arc and Obama's Year of Action

Mark Osler | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Mark Osler

For the first time since Bill Clinton famously wandered through the press cabin in Air Force One asking, "You got anybody you wanna pardon?", a president is actively seeking candidates to have their sentences shortened. Unlike Clinton, Obama is asking the question seriously.

Dear Low Level, Non-Violent Drug Prisoners: Please File for Clemency

Steven Brill | Posted 04.05.2014 | Crime
Steven Brill

Although 2014 is only weeks old, the Obama administration is making good on its promise to use the power of the executive branch to advance the President's policy agenda when Congress will not, or is slow to, act.

Justice Department Points To Major Drug Policy Reform

AP | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Thursday asked lawyers around the country to help some drug prisoners prepare petitions for clemency, a ...

Three Executive Actions Obama Can Take to Rein in the Drug War

Sam Tracy | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

If Obama doesn't want to take the political risk that such a mass pardoning may bring, he could at least start with the most heinous cases, like the many people serving life sentences for as little as cocaine residue in a clothing pocket.

A Whistleblower's Wish for Edward Snowden

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Jeremiah Horrigan

Let a jury hear a man speak from his conscience, let them recognize the risk he's taken to speak to them and let that jury compare his words and actions to a government that will insist he's nothing more than a common criminal.

Will Gov. Cuomo Use His Clemency Powers in 2013?

Anthony Papa | Posted 02.16.2014 | New York
Anthony Papa

Since he has been in office, Cuomo has yet to use these powers and has not granted anyone any type of relief despite hundreds and hundreds of applications.

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.

Daily Camera: Hickenlooper Should Grant Dunlap Clemency

The Boulder Daily Camera | | Posted 07.06.2013 | Denver

If Gov. John Hickenlooper does not grant clemency, Nathan Dunlap is scheduled to be executed by the state of Colorado the week of Aug. 18. The so-cal...

Man To Walk 600 Miles For Innocent Prisoners | Posted 04.26.2013 | Impact

Clemency is a failsafe for system failure. It’s a power held by governors and presidents to fix mistakes, to clean up when the courts get it wrong a...

Any Hope Left for Clarence Aaron?

Julie Stewart | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Julie Stewart

Clarence Aaron has been in prison for 20 years and the president has the power to order him released tomorrow. It is way past time for Clarence Aaron's mother to live on more than the thin gruel of hope dished out by the president.

WATCH: Melissa Harris-Perry Criticizes Obama By Way Of Turkey Pardon

Posted 11.25.2012 | Media

Melissa Harris-Perry criticized Obama on her Saturday MSNBC show by discussing his pardon of Cobbler the turkey for Thanksgiving. In her signature ...

Ask Now About the Pardon Power

Mark Osler | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Mark Osler

In the debates, there will be no shortage of questions about the economy, health care, foreign policy, and immigration. There ought to be time for at least one question that asks about this vestigial power of kings to grant mercy, which will rest uneasily in the hands of the election's victor.

Now's Really the Time for President Obama to Grant Clemency to Jonathan Pollard

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

This week, a group of Americans and Israelis are visiting South Florida and asking assistance to gain the release of Jonathan Pollard, a civilian intelligence analyst and American Jew sentenced to life in 1986 for passing classified intelligence information to Israel.

She was an inmate. I was a suburbanite. We were never supposed to be friends.

Joan Gelman | Posted 04.09.2012 | Women
Joan Gelman

She was an inmate. I was a suburbanite. We were never supposed to be friends.

Pardoning Criminals -- Appropriate Mercy or Perverting Justice?

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 03.19.2012 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

In a day when so many miscarriages of justice have been exposed, particularly by way of indisputable proof of actual innocence, the guidelines for pardons should be far more stringent.

Barbour Says He's 'Very Comfortable' With Bold Decision

AP | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics

RIDGELAND, Miss. — Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Friday he's "very comfortable" with his final-days decisions to grant pardons or o...

Will Governor Cuomo Show Compassion This Holiday Season and Grant Clemencies?

Anthony Papa | Posted 02.20.2012 | New York
Anthony Papa

To be sentenced under unjust laws to a tremendous amount of time is unconscionable. I know because it happened to me. Now I am asking Governor Cuomo to show compassion.

Arthur Delaney

'Obama's First Bold Act Of Executive Clemency' | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama announced Monday that he had pardoned five Americans for past crimes, bringing his pardon total to just 22, a small numb...

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.

Carter: Troy Davis Execution Exposes Flaws In Death Penalty

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

ATLANTA -- Former President Jimmy Carter says the execution of death row inmate Troy Davis in Georgia shows that the nation's death penalty system is ...

John Rudolf

'Persistent Doubts' Plague Pending Georgia Execution, Former FBI Chief Says | John Rudolf | Posted 12.01.2011 | Crime

The execution of Troy Davis, a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die in less than a week, should be halted because of "pervasive, persistent doubt...

Oklahoma Senator Johnson's Fight to End Life Without Parole for Drug Offenders

Anthony Papa | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

These are tough times for state governments as well as most Americans. For these reasons, continuing to incarcerate people like Larry Yarbrough is very poor stewardship of limited public resources.

On Good Friday, Quinn Grants 85 Requests For Clemency

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 06.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Quinn granted clemency Friday to 85 people, including those with convictions for arson, armed robbery, shoplifting and drug offens...

An Urgent Movement for Justice

Benjamin Todd Jealous | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Benjamin Todd Jealous

In response to successful grassroots campaigns, two governors have recently released black Americans who had been railroaded by our nation's criminal justice system. Let's keep this movement growing.