|On Wednesday, March 30, President Obama commuted the sentences of 61 federal prisoners, four of whom are FAMM members. This brings the total number of commutations during the Obama administration to 248.
At FAMM’s 25th anniversary celebration last week, White House counsel, Neil Eggleston, shared the president’s commitment to the clemency initiative. Mr. Eggleston advises the president on legal matters and is the last person to approve a commutation petition before it goes to President Obama himself.
We know many of you have a loved one who has applied for clemency. Know that FAMM remains committed to the clemency process and continues to work with Clemency Project 2014 to support petitioners who asked for help with clemency petitions from pro bono lawyers. We also know that not everyone who asked for a lawyer has received one. On our website we provide direction for those who have not heard from a lawyer, and recommend individuals seriously consider filing their own petition. Click here for guidance in this process.
We are deeply gratified that the president has used the power of his office to give relief to people serving unjust sentences for low-level, nonviolent crimes. Unfortunately, clemency can’t change policy. FAMM will continue to urge Congress to reform our mandatory minimum sentencing laws so that thousands more don’t serve excessive, unjust sentences.
Press release: http://famm.org/famm-prisoners-receive-clemency-march-2016/
As always, thank you for your support and for standing with all of us at FAMM throughout this long journey.