House Judiciary Subcommittee Oversight Hearing on Presidential Clemency Power

A House Judiciary subcommittee held a hearing on presidential clemency power and what reform for the process would look like. In the first panel,… read more

A House Judiciary subcommittee held a hearing on presidential clemency power and what reform for the process would look like. In the first panel, lawmakers heard from Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) about her legislation, the Fix Clemency Act, which she said would replace the Justice Department’s pardon attorney with an independent clemency board to expedite backlogged petitions. In the second panel, activists, academics, attorneys, and former inmates argued for and against reforming executive clemency. Advocates of reform testified that the current process is overly bureaucratic, inefficient, and unjust. Others said increased clemency is a slippery slope, and justice needs to be ensured for victims. Two of the former inmates who testified were once sentenced to life sentences without parole before they were each respectively granted clemency and compassionate release. close

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House Judiciary Subcommittee Oversight Hearing on Presidential Clemency Power

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Program ID:
520421-1
Category:
House Committee
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House Committee
Location:
2141, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
May 19, 2022 | 9:05am EDT | C-SPAN.org
Last Aired:
May 24, 2022 | 2:20pm EDT | C-SPAN 1

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  • May 19, 2022 | 4:36pm EDT | C-SPAN RADIO
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