During the Spring 2016 semester, the Criminal Justice Policy Program launched a clemency initiative in response to the Obama Administration’s call for volunteer attorneys to draft clemency petitions for people serving unnecessarily long sentences, particularly people incarcerated for low-level drug offenses. The program coordinated the work of 26 Harvard Law students working with a team of pro bono attorneys to represent clemency petitioners, making it the largest law student-based clemency initiative in the country. CJPP participated in a White House convening on clemency as part of the administration’s broader efforts to reform the criminal justice system. CJPP’s leadership has also joined other experts and advocates around the country to call on President Obama to expand the scope of the Administration’s clemency efforts.

CJPP Leadership Calls on President Obama to Expand Clemency Project

On June 21, 2016, CJPP’s faculty co-directors and executive director joined other leading criminal justice advocates and scholars to call on President Obama to accelerate the pace of his administration’s clemency initiative.

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President Obama Grants Clemency to Three Federal Prison Inmates Represented Through CJPP’s Clemency Initiative
September 1, 2016Announcement, News

President Obama Grants Clemency to Three Federal Prison Inmates Represented Through CJPP’s Clemency Initiative

On August 30, 2016, President Obama granted clemency to 111 people including three individuals represented as part of the Criminal Justice Policy Program’s Clemency Initiative.

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