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.

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Federal Compassionate Release Clearinghouse

FAMM, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and other advocates are currently recruiting attorneys to work on compassionate release motions for vulnerable incarcerated individuals.  Our project also seeks compassionate release for individuals whose excessive sentences would be lower today due to intervening changes in the law. 


Please join us in this historic effort to protect them.


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