The Clemency Project 2014 is an unprecedented, independent effort to provide assistance to federal prisoners serving draconian sentences for non-violent offenses. Over 75,000 prisoners are currently serving mandatory minimums for non-violent crimes including drug offenses. The National Bar Association’s (“NBA”) Young Lawyers Division and Criminal Law Section have joined efforts to review at least 1,000 clemency applications prior to January 18, 2016.
You do not need to be a criminal law lawyer to help. Volunteering is easy and not terribly time consuming. The average petition review timeline is approximately 20-25 hours. We highly encourage attorneys to seek approval and credit from their law firm or employer’s Pro Bono Coordinator.
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