Christmas comes a few days early for 2,800 inmates who had told they’d eventually have to return to their cells to serve out their terms.
A new bill would transfer the review of petitions from the Justice Department to a presidentially appointed board.
Floyd was arrested for selling crack by a crooked Houston narcotics cop who repeatedly lied to implicate people in drug crimes.
White House Offers Clemency for Drug Offenders on Home Confinement, but Advocates Say Plan Will Still Send Thousands Back to Prison
Clemency for nonviolent offenders would still send white-collar and other offenders back to prison after they've started putting their lives together again.
Only Biden or Congress Can Prevent 4,000 Inmates From Being Forced Back Into Federal Prison Post-COVID
The CARES Act allowed home release of nonviolent inmates during the pandemic. But after it's over, many will have to go back unless their sentences are commuted.
The Biden Administration's Obfuscation on Using Clemency To Free Pot Prisoners Is Not a Hopeful Sign
Press Secretary Jen Psaki repeatedly tried to muddy the issue by changing the subject to reclassifying marijuana.
Criminal justice groups say Biden should move the pardon process out of the Justice Department and consider categorical clemencies.
The controversy over Trump’s pardons and commutations highlights longstanding problems with clemency.
The president's final batch of clemency actions includes commutations for dozens of nonviolent drug offenders.
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Trump's clemencies last night surprised a lot of people—including one of the recipients. Clemency advocates are confident more are on the way.
Full pardons were given to the four contractors convicted of murdering Iraqis in a firefight in Baghdad.
The president has the worst record for clemency in modern history.
Granting clemency to nonviolent offenders like Alice Marie Johnson would be low on the list of priorities for Yates and Biden.
The president's daughter says "we’re just getting started." Some details would be nice.
Two years after commuting her life sentence, the president has pardoned Alice Marie Johnson.
The president's case rests on two accomplishments, while his plans for a second term echo the mindless toughness he intermittently condemns.
"I will continue to give all Americans, including former inmates, the best chance to build a new life and achieve their own American dream," Trump said.
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"They were not sentenced to death, and they should be released immediately."
The argument requires several controversial assumptions and leaps of logic.
Criminal justice reformers say federal prosecutors torpedoed clemency petitions in worthy cases.
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While the president seems sincerely concerned about "very unfair" drug penalties, it's not clear whether he thinks his work in that area is done.
The jury said they would have given Jimmy Meders life in prison without parole had it been available.
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Recent revisions to state law will facilitate such duplicative prosecutions of people associated with the president.
Obama denied him clemency. Will Trump set him free?
Booker would move the process away from prosecutors and into the White House.
The bill allows dual prosecutions of people in the president's orbit who receive pardons or commutations.
Michigan Governor Pardons Drunk Driver, Leaves Thousands of Prisoners Waiting for Their Second Chance
Gov. Rick Snyder's clemency record could have been a lot better.
The criminal justice system failed four black men after a white woman accused them of rape.
At a celebrity-headlined and media-focused summit on incarceration, the speakers recognize their allies.
Alice Marie Johnson's life sentence for a first-time drug offense was commuted by Trump. Now she's speaking out against mandatory minimums.
Commutations for people serving absurdly long sentences would be a great new way to torture the attorney general.
Leave it to Kim Kardashian West to secure freedom for a prisoner of the drug war (seriously, she's good at it).
New York's Solicitor General Wants to Close the 'Double Jeopardy Loophole' So She Can Punish Pardoned Trump Cronies
Barbara Underwood is outraged by the president's use of his clemency power, and she wants state legislators to do something about it.
The reality superstar will meet with Trump to push for clemency today for a great-grandmother serving a life sentence for a drug offense.
Trump's Pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio Is a Reminder that Presidential Pardon Powers Should Be Used Far More Often
Presidential pardons were a depressing crapshoot long before Arpaio received one.
The president admires strong men who break the law to enforce it.
On his last day in office, Obama commuted the sentences of 330 inmates. For one of those prisoners, it was a bitter day.
Donald Trump and his attorney general take a dim view of Obama's mercy.
Obama has not issued more pardons and commutations than any other president or the most in a single day.