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Connecticut Normalized Clemency. Not Anymore.
After commuting nearly 100 sentences in less than two years, the state is facing a backlash.
January 19, 2021
Trump’s Pardons Show The Process Has Always Been Broken
Donald Trump’s volatile approach to granting clemency epitomizes a system that many have long hoped to change.
November 8, 2020
What Biden’s Win Means for the Future of Criminal Justice
Joe Biden ran on the most progressive criminal justice platform of any major party candidate in generations. So what can he actually do?
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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.
December 23, 2015
What Everyone Gets Wrong About Christmas Pardons
It’s not true that prisoners get released during the holidays
December 17, 2015
Raphael Holiday was Put to Death, and His Lawyers Should Have Tried Harder to Stop It
Gretchen Sween was hired a month before Holiday was executed. This is what she saw.
December 14, 2015
The Bureaucracy of Mercy
Why hasn’t President Obama freed more prisoners? Maybe that’s the wrong question.