In a video released today, Eric Holder told the press that the Justice Department is broadening the criteria for granting clemency applications. DOJ has now announced that it will consider six criteria in determining whether to support a clemency application.
- The client is currently serving a federal sentence in prison and, by operation of law, likely would have received a substantially lower sentence if convicted of the same offense(s) today;
- The client is a non-violent, low-level offender without significant ties to large scale criminal organizations, gangs or cartels;
- The client has served at least 10 years of their prison sentence;
- No significant criminal history;
- Good conduct in prison; and
- No history of violence prior to or during the current term of imprisonment.
It is important to note that these are not new requirements that must be fulfilled before clemency is granted. Rather, these are the criteria for the special DOJ clemency initiative where the US Attorney will forward their recommendation to the pardon attorney. Anyone may apply for clemency through the regular route at any time.
In less than 30 days, our office has a group of interns starting to help us process clemency applications. Please contact Che Ramsey in our Kansas City office with the names of any past clients we should look into.