NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project

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DC Compassionate Release Project

The District of Columbia Compassionate Release project is to a coalition of advocates who have come together to assist District of Columbia prisoners who are vulnerable to COVID-19 to seek release under a newly enacted District of Columbia statute. The project will place these cases for pro bono assistance with private counsel and will provide training and support to the lawyers who are taking cases. The District of Columbia, as part of its emergency response to COVID-19 amended its criminal law to permit incarcerated persons serving sentences under the D.C. Code to seek compassionate release if they meet certain criteria, including conditions that place them at high risk if they contract COVID-19. Support for this project is provided by the Greater Washington Community Foundation and Arnold Ventures LLC.

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Federal CARES Act Home Confinement and COVID-19 Project

FAMM, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and other advocates, are currently recruiting attorneys to work on compassionate release motions for individuals on CARES Act home confinement who are in danger of being returned to prison once the President ends the  COVID-19 Emergency. Help us keep them home. They are vulnerable to serious illness or death should they contract COVID, which is much more likely in prison. And, they have been living productive lives with loved ones in the community, many for over a year.

Please join us in this historic effort to protect them.

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