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'Hail Mary' Lawyers Work to Free Inmates Vetted for Clemency Initiative


Valena Beety is one of many lawyers using a Hail Mary to keep hope alive for inmates awaiting clemency. She is using a Holloway Motion to free one of the nearly 3,500 offenders who petitioned under the 2014 Clemency Initiative but did not receive a response by the time President Obama left office. Justice reform attorneys are stepping up to help these inmates, who are good candidates for clemency and for successfully re-entering society because they met the Initiative’s stringent requirements.


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  • 2014 Clemency Initiative
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