In the News: “Obama Commutes Sentences for 3 Illinois Drug Offenders”


“Obama has commuted 306 sentences since he entered the White House. The figure is more than the previous six presidents combined, he wrote Thursday in an online post that said he will continue to review clemency applications.”

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In the News: “Prisoners Exonerated, Prosecutors Exposed” from NY Times


“The individual cost to those wrongly convicted is steep: Last year’s group spent an average of more than 14 years behind bars. Five had been sentenced to death. Amazingly, half of the exonerations involved cases in which no crime occurred at all — for example, a conviction of murder by arson that later turned out to be based on faulty fire science.”

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