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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 6 2016

CONTACT: Lacy Crawford  | 252-292-6088 | lacy@megaphonestrategies.com

President Obama Grants Clemency to 102 People, #cut50 Urges Faster Action to Clear the Backlog and Explanation for Denials

Washington, DC -- Today, President Obama announced clemencies for 102 deserving people currently behind bars in federal prisons. At the same time, a large numbers of attorneys and imprisoned people eligible for clemency were denied without explanation this week.

Statement from Jessica Jackson Sloan, National Director of #cut50, in response to today’s clemency announcement:

“Today was a mixed bag for families awaiting clemency announcements. At the same time that President Obama granted 102 clemencies, reports poured in from across the country of denials without explanation for candidates who meet all public criteria for clemency. Transparency is the cornerstone of good government, and it is essential that these men and women be told why they were denied the opportunity to become contributing members of society. Instead, they are being left to die in prison or otherwise serve out unjust and overly harsh sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.

“While we applaud the President for today’s clemencies -- which take us closer to the DOJ’s recommendation to release every nonviolent drug offender who has spent more than a decade in prison -- we urge the President to keep in mind that time is running out. Thousands of people deserving of a second chance are still in federal prison, and they have served decades for non-violent drug crimes. We hope the President processes all of their clemency applications and begins to issue clemencies at a faster pace.”

Read more about the #ClemencyNow campaign urging President Obama to speed up his clemency initiative at cut50.org/ClemencyNOW

Note to Press: Families of people currently eligible for clemency are available for interviews alongside #cut50 National Director Jessica Jackson Sloan and clemency attorney and #cut50 #ClemencyNOW campaign manager Brittany Byrd. To schedule, please contact Lacy Crawford Jr at Lacy@megaphonestrategies.com.

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#cut50,­ an initiative of The Dream Corps­, is a national bipartisan effort to smartly and safely reduce America’s incarcerated population by 50 percent over the next 10 years.

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