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April 20, 2023

Office of the Pardon Attorney hostong "A Celebration of Second Chance" in honor of Second Chance month

A helpful reader altered me to an event, called "A Celebration of Second Chances," that the Office of the Pardon Attorney is hosting in honor of Second Chance month. This program will be livestreamed at this link tomorrow, Friday, April 21, 2023, at 10:00 am EDT. The email I received flagging the celebration event described it this way:

The event will feature opening remarks by Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco and Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke and a panel of speakers who will discuss the impact of second chances through clemency.  Speakers will include Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite, Jr., former Deputy Attorney General David Ogden, and the Honorable Alexander Williams, Jr., and clemency recipients Danielle Metz, Norman Brown, and Evans Ray.  The event will also honor special guests who have received clemency from President Biden and his predecessors or who have received other forms of second-chance relief.

Over at this webpage at the Office of the Pardon Attorney, one can find this broader discussion of Second Chance Month 2023 activities (links from the original):

On March 31, 2023, President Biden issued a presidential proclamation marking April as Second Chance Month. Read the President’s statement.

The Office of the Pardon Attorney (PARDON) is dedicated to supporting the President’s work to provide second chances to individuals who are currently or previously were incarcerated by the federal justice system.  Executive clemency is a powerful tool that can alleviate barriers to reentry, in securing steady employment, safe housing, quality health care, educational opportunities, the right to vote, and loans for a home or business.  Executive clemency can also address outdated federal criminal policies, particularly those that disproportionately affected Black and Brown Americans, such as through President Biden’s full presidential pardon of federal and D.C. convictions for simple marijuana possession offenses.

We invite you to join PARDON in celebrating second chances throughout April and beyond by attending an event or by spreading word about the availability of executive clemency.Second Chance Month events:

  • April 12, 2023: Art Open House, open to DOJ employees
  • April 21, 2023: A Celebration of Second Chances (watch the livestream)
  • April 25, 2023: Clemency workshop for returning citizens in the District of Columbia
  • April 26, 2023: Pardon Training webinar hosted by the ACLU
  • April 27, 2023: Bureau of Prisons workshop with the Pardon Attorney

April 20, 2023 at 11:03 AM | Permalink


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