News Release ~ 8/30/2016
President Obama Announces A Second Set of More than 100 Clemency Grants This Month
Washington, DC (Aug. 30, 2016) – In his second set of clemency grants this month, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 111 prisoners today, 72 of whom were applicants whose petitions were supported by Clemency Project 2014. Today’s grants bring the total number of commutations granted by President Obama since taking office to 673.
Cynthia W. Roseberry, project manager for Clemency Project 2014, said: “Today’s grants come only a few weeks after the President granted a record number of clemency petitions. On behalf of the Project and the countless people it serves, I want to express how pleased I am with the continued commitment that President Obama has shown toward commuting sentences. We are looking forward to many more grants during the remaining months of President Obama’s term in office.”
Clemency Project 2014, an unprecedented, independent effort by the nation's bar, has recruited and trained nearly 4,000 volunteer lawyers from diverse practice backgrounds and completed screening of over 33,000 of the more than 36,000 federal prisoners who have requested volunteer assistance. As of today, Clemency Project 2014 has submitted more than 1,600 petitions to the Office of the Pardon Attorney, with many more nearing submission.
For more information and to volunteer for Clemency Project 2014, please visit www.clemencyproject2014.org.
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