Jul 16

New Dept. of Justice Clemency Initiative for Federal Inmates


The criteria the Dept. of Justice will consider when reviewing clemency applications from federal inmates are as follows:

  • They are currently servcing a federal sentence in prison and, by operation of law, likely would have received a substantially lower sentence if convicted of the same offense(s) today;
  • They are non-violent, low-level offenders without significant ties to large scale criminal organizations, gangs or cartels;
  • They have served at least 10 years of their prison sentence;
  • They do not have a significant criminal history;
  • They have demonstrated good conduct in prison; and
  • They have no history of violence prior to or during their current term of imprisonment.

See the press release for more information.

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Clemency Project 2014 is underway, collaborating to recruit and train attorneys on how to screen for prisoners who meet the criteria laid out by the deputy attorney general.

Inmates seeking representation by pro bono attorneys provided by Clemency Project 2014 attorneys should complete the online Trulinks survey provided by the Bureau of Prisons or the paper survey that will be made available by case managers and be sure to check the box indicating that they wish to have.

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