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On Pardoning And Commuting Prison Sentences, Obama Is Way Behind His Goal

Obama should act now to fulfill a central premise of his presidency — that the United States is a nation of second chances, and that it is a moral imperative to re-examine the cases of the unjustly imprisoned.

August 12, 2016

Justice Department Announces Clemency Guidelines For Drug Offenders

By Timothy M. Phelps, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced a new initiative Wednesday to encourage nonviolent prisoners who have served at least 10 years to apply for what is expected to be a large-scale grant of clemency in President Obama’s waning years in office. Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole announced […]

April 23, 2014

Justice Department Plans For Waves Of Crack-Cocaine Clemency Requests

By Timothy M. Phelps, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Monday that the Justice Department will announce new clemency criteria aimed at freeing potentially thousands of prisoners convicted of using crack cocaine. To prepare for the expected flood of petitions, the Justice Department is planning to assign dozens of […]

April 21, 2014

Troy Davis’ Execution Nears

In the final hours of a years-long fight to save Troy Davis’ life, human rights activists have intensified efforts to prevent the execution of a most likely innocent man. The prospects, however, look increasingly bleak. Davis’ lawyers have been scrambling for any possible solutions, but the only remaining chance to stop the execution is through […]

September 21, 2011

Troy Davis’ Execution Marks A Blow For Human Rights

Despite significant doubts in the case and international protests, Georgia’s board of pardons denied clemency for death row inmate Troy Davis on Tuesday, clearing the way for his execution at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The decision marks a huge blow not only to Davis and his family, but also to the larger human rights community that […]

September 20, 2011