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December 13, 2017
What It's Like to Get Clemency — One Year Later
Catching up with Obama’s clemency recipients.
February 14, 2017
The Man Who Ran Obama's Clemency Machine
“He felt strongly that this was a gift, and the gift had to be earned.”
January 26, 2017
Inside the Clemency Lottery
The difference between the freed and the left-behind was often luck.
January 18, 2017
How Obama Disappointed on the Death Penalty
Two commutations this week was less than many had hoped for.
November 9, 2016
What Trump’s Win Means for Chicago and Baltimore’s Cops
The president-elect may soon upend an Obama-era police reform tactic.
September 26, 2016
Who is ICE Deporting?
Obama’s promise to focus on “felons not families” has fallen short
August 10, 2016
The Obama Criminal Justice Reforms That Trump Could Undo
A close look at the “executive actions” that the sweep of a pen could end.
July 8, 2016
Can Justice Reform Efforts Survive Dallas?
Advocates have a sinking feeling.
March 30, 2016
Obama Commutes the Sentences of 61 Federal Prisoners
An attempt to further level out crack cocaine sentencing disparities.
January 27, 2016
There Are Practically No Juveniles in Federal Prison — Here’s Why
Obama takes bold action, but for a population of fewer than 30