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May 6, 2023
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 4, 2019
How More Than 50 Women Walked Out of a Prison in Oklahoma
The state slashed sentences for more than 500 people convicted in low-level drug and theft cases.
September 27, 2018
I’m on Death Row for Punching a Man
“After three decades, I now feel like I’m dying a slow death.”
as told to
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.”
April 7, 2016
A Prosecutor’s Regret: How I Got Someone Life in Prison for Drugs
“At the end of my life, I’d like to know that I wasn’t responsible for Lewis Clay spending his final days in prison.”
, as told to
March 30, 2016
Obama Commutes the Sentences of 61 Federal Prisoners
An attempt to further level out crack cocaine sentencing disparities.
December 23, 2015
What Everyone Gets Wrong About Christmas Pardons
It’s not true that prisoners get released during the holidays
December 14, 2015
The Bureaucracy of Mercy
Why hasn’t President Obama freed more prisoners? Maybe that’s the wrong question.
September 3, 2015
Obama’s Final 500 Days
People from across the political spectrum suggest criminal justice reforms the president should enact during his remaining time in office.