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Friday, June 3, 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 following President Obama’s clemency announcement today:

 "Our responsibility at the Department of Justice is to seek justice and that includes rectifying disproportionately long sentences for certain drug offenders sentenced under outdated laws.  The President has used his clemency authority today to give more individuals a second chance to live law abiding lives and we are confident that there will be many more commutations in the months 

Press Release Number: 
16-647
Updated August 5, 2016