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Statement of James R. Silkenat, president, American Bar Association Re: DOJ clemency announcement

Statement of James R. Silkenat, president, American Bar Association Re: DOJ clemency announcement

By Irma Romero

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 — The American Bar Association welcomes today’s announcement that President Obama intends to extend clemency to some prisoners who have suffered decades of unequal and unfair disparities in sentencing.

Public confidence in the criminal justice system is directly linked to fairly imposed punishments, a principle President Obama and the Department of Justice recognize and appear poised to advance.

Today’s announcement of the clemency initiative represents months of hard work by the DOJ, members of the ABA and lawyers from other organizations. This clemency initiative is a step forward for equal justice, something the ABA and its members fight for every day.  

(Media contact: Robert.Boisseau@americanbar.org

Please click here for a biography and photo of James R. Silkenat, president of the American Bar Association.

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement on line. Follow the latest ABA news at www.ambar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews.

 

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