Thursday, June 25, 2015

'The clock is running' on Obama clemency initiative

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is urging lawyers for federal inmates to move more quickly in filing petitions for presidential clemency, reminding them that "the clock is running" on the Obama presidency.

The new urgency from the Justice Department comes more than a year into a program intended to shorten the sentences to federal inmates who would have gotten less time under current law.

That clemency initiative was coupled with the Clemency Project 2014, an outside consortium of lawyers working on those cases. But the Clemency Project filed only 31 petitions in its first year, leading to criticism from some proponents of criminal justice reform that the process is moving too slowly.

More:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/06/24/clemency-initiative-clock-is-running/29128091/

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