News Release ~ 10/7/2016
Clemency Project 2014 To Surpass 2,000 Submitted Clemency Petitions; President Obama Announces 102 Clemency Grants
Washington, DC (Oct. 7, 2016) – Today, Clemency Project 2014 will surpass the milestone of 2,000 clemency petitions submitted to the Office of the Pardon Attorney, with many more nearing submission. And late yesterday, President Obama commuted the sentences of 102 prisoners, 55 of whom were applicants whose petitions were supported by Clemency Project 2014. That brings the total number of commutations granted by President Obama to date to 774, 356 of which were supported by Clemency Project 2014.
"I am so very proud of Clemency Project 2014’s volunteer lawyers and their incredible work in surpassing 2,000 submitted petitions," said Cynthia W. Roseberry, project manager for Clemency Project 2014. "As I explained when the Project surpassed the 1,000 petition mark in May of this year, these worthy petitions have undergone a careful, detailed review by top-notch lawyers, and each has been determined to appear to meet the criteria laid out by the Department of Justice. I look forward to even more grants during the remainder of President Obama's term of office and have confidence in the president's declaration late last year that there is no ‘ceiling' on the number of commutations he will grant."
Clemency Project 2014, an unprecedented, wholly 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 34,000 of the more than 36,000 federal prisoners who have requested volunteer assistance. The Project's painstaking review of these cases revealed that the overwhelming majority of those requests were by applicants who did not meet the criteria put forward by the Department of Justice in April 2014.
"Clemency Project 2014 thanks each and every volunteer attorney who has answered the call to take part in perhaps the largest pro bono effort in history," said Roseberry. "We reached this milestone because of the hard work and dedication of the Project's partner organizations and the core staff as well as the donors who have provided generous support for the Project infrastructure."
For more information and to volunteer for Clemency Project 2014, please visit www.clemencyproject2014.org.
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