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McDonald Hopkins has been approved to participate in Clemency Project 2014, which is a joint initiative of the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the American Civil Liberties Union.




In April 2014, the Department of Justice invited non-violent offenders serving lengthy federal sentences to apply for executive clemency that would reduce their current sentences. To be considered for clemency, the prisoner must be:


  • serving a federal sentence;
  • serving a sentence that, if imposed today, would be substantially shorter;
  • have a non-violent history with no significant ties to organized crime, gangs or cartels;
  • have served at least 10 years;
  • have no significant prior convictions; and
  • have demonstrated good conduct in prison.


Thousands of volunteer lawyers have stepped forward to identify qualified prisoners and to assist in preparing their clemency petitions. McDonald Hopkins is proud to part of this historic effort.