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Articles by Naila Awan

Executive Inaction: States and Federal Government Fail to Use Commutations as a Release Mechanism

By Naila Awan and Katie Rose Quandt  

On April 26, 2022, President Joe Biden used his executive powers to commute the federal sentences of 75 people — a first step toward addressing his campaign promise to release some individuals “facing unduly long sentences.” While this action is promising and will ...