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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates Statement on the President’s Recent Clemency Decisions

Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates released the following statement after President Obama granted commutation of sentence to 102 individuals:

“The department has made great progress reviewing applications under the President's clemency initiative to correct unduly harsh and outdated drug sentences.  President Obama has commuted 774 sentences, which is more than were commuted in the prior 66 years preceding his administration combined and we expect to continue to make history with additional commutations in the months ahead."

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Updated May 3, 2022