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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, April 24, 2014

"Justice Dept. Expands Eligibility for Clemency"

From The New York Times:

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced a plan on Wednesday to canvass the entire federal prison population for the first time to find inmates who committed low-level crimes and could be released early.

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Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole said Wednesday that the department would consider recommending clemency for nonviolent felons who have served at least 10 years in prison and who would have received significantly lower prison terms if convicted under today’s more lenient sentencing laws.

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Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said the announcement did not address larger inequities in the criminal justice system.

“We’ve had a significant rhetorical shift in the war on drugs,” he said, “but we’ve had a moderate policy shift.”

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