Tuesday, January 19, 2016

U.S. Pardon Attorney resigns

The Justice Department official overseeing President Barack Obama's drive to commute the sentences of drug offenders serving long prison terms has decided to resign, the department announced Friday night.

Pardon Attorney Deborah Leff, who took the job on an acting basis in April 2014 and was formally appointed to the post in November of that year, plans to leave her post at the end of this month.

Under Leff's tenure the pace of commutations has picked up significantly, but a backlog of clemency applications has also mushroomed in response to an initiative the administration announced in 2014 to encourage commutation applications from federal drug prisoners who had served more than ten years behind bars and met other criteria.

As of the end of December 2015, 9,115 commutation applications were pending, up from 2,785 in September 2014.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/01/obama-pardon-attorney-resigns-217874#ixzz3xiakvtkn

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