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. That initiative, launched in Spring 2016, paired 26 Harvard Law School students with pro bono attorneys from Goodwin Proctor and Clements & Pineault. Working under the supervision of those attorneys, the students prepared clemency petitions for people serving long-term or life sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. Three of those petitioners, Malik Abuhamid Abdunafi, Darryl Edwards, and Lue Gene Swarn, had their sentences commuted by President Obama.
A total of 26 students, coordinated by former CJPP legal fellow Anna Kastner, participated in the initiative. Read more about CJPP’s Clemency Initiative.
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