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Friday, November 4, 2016

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

WASHINGTON – Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates released the following statement after President Obama granted commutation of sentence to 72 individuals:

"Today, another 72 individuals who were sentenced to unnecessarily long prison terms have received a second chance.  The department is moving full steam ahead as we continue reviewing drug petitions submitted under the clemency initiative, and we look forward to additional commutations in the coming months."

Press Release Number: 
16-1297
Updated November 4, 2016