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April 23, 2014

Justice Department formally announces its clemency initiative plans and guidelines

As expected, the US Department of Justice today announced some more formal plans and criteria for the long discussed new clemency initiative.  Two documents which I learned via an e-mail reprinted below provides the basics and links to the substance (which I will blog about a lot more in the hours and days ahead):
Announcing New Clemency Initiative, Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole Details Broad New Criteria for Applicants

As part of the Justice Department’s new clemency initiative, Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole announced six criteria the department will consider when reviewing and expediting clemency applications from federal inmates.

 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole at the Press Conference Announcing the Clemency Initiative

We are launching this clemency initiative in order to quickly and effectively identify appropriate candidates, candidates who have a clean prison record, do not present a threat to public safety, and were sentenced under out-of-date laws that have since been changed, and are no longer seen as appropriate.

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Posted by: Doug B | Apr 23, 2014 4:38:57 PM

Boy, the 6 requirements are sure going to leave a lot of people out.

Posted by: Midwest Guy | Apr 23, 2014 5:00:15 PM

I will clarify a bit. The guys that arent yet sentenced, will get the drop. But if your sentenced, its like oh no. These are the really bad ones. No diff between the two.

Therefore, lets get some balls and make it uniform across the board. Its just another way
For the incumbents to shy away from collateral damage by freeing a group that long ago were the ones creating the uproar of crack.

But, it is a really huge victory for those in the lower history categories. All 3 of them.
Around here drugs equates to lots of chicken shit little charges. Which in the federal system equates to cat 5 or 6. What needs to be looked at at is what kind of history.

Good gravy, its true. Bueracracies are a lot like a septic tank. The large chunks usually rise to the top.

Oh well. Bill come back.. Bill come back, come... Shane come back.

There isnt much life without bill out there thats for sure. Dried up terds on a fence post.

Comprende boys.

Posted by: Midwest Guy | Apr 23, 2014 6:57:47 PM

Doug, your link doesn't appear to work.

Posted by: Gray Proctor | Apr 23, 2014 7:37:27 PM

There are inmates in federal prison that have been locked up for 24 years or more on life sentences, for non- violent drug and carrying a weapon without violence crimes that may have past violence in their past history.

For example, 1982 and 1991 past offense of violence that is 32 and 24 years ago, the last criteria cancels them out, its not fair.

I suggest they change the criteria to include years back, for example no prior violence more than 10, 15 or 20 year back.

Posted by: walk4joy | Apr 23, 2014 10:00:08 PM

Prof. Berman has lost a playmate. Bill is still busy on his blog. I hope he returns, as the only lawyer making argument on behalf of the substantive interests of crime victims.

I cannot replace Bill since my high school education has not been erased by law school indoctrination. Therefore, any lawyer debate with me would put up spit balls of lawyer fictitious doctrines against cannon fire of historical facts, principles of critical thinking/research methodology, and ordinary common sense from here on earth, an unfair mismatch.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 24, 2014 7:44:35 AM

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