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Clemency Project 2014

A joint partnership of the Federal Defenders, the American Civil Liberties Union, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

In January 2014, President Obama and the U.S. Department of Justice launched a clemency initiative aimed at addressing the large number of federal inmates who are serving unjust and disproportionately long sentences. U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole solicited the assistance of the nation’s bar to help the Justice Department identify nonviolent prisoners, who, if sentenced today under current sentencing laws and policies, would likely have received a substantially lower sentence.  

Clemency Project 2014 was formed in response and is being led by a coalition of organizations including, the Federal Defenders, the American Civil Liberties Union, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.  Clemency Project 2014 will coordinate volunteer attorneys across the country to help identify individuals eligible under the Justice Department’s clemency criteria. Clemency Project 2014 will provide training (mandatory for volunteers), support and resources for those lawyers to help ensure that the highest quality petitions are prepared and transmitted to the Department of Justice on an expedited basis. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the information below.  Thank you!



By submitting this information, I agree that my information may be shared with Clemency Project 2014 participating organizations working with volunteers.

If you have questions email: VolunteerCP2014@lawyerscommittee.org.

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