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Lawmakers Press DOJ on Backlog of 17,000 Clemency Petitions

  • Bipartisan group demands details on demographics, wait times
  • President pledged to use power to address racial inequities
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A bipartisan group of US House lawmakers are demanding information on the backlog of over 17,000 people seeking presidential clemency, a power Joe Biden pledged during his 2020 campaign to use to advance criminal justice reform.

“The growing backlog of clemency petitions undermines the promise of a fair and just criminal legal system,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter Tuesday to Elizabeth Oyer, who leads to the Justice Department’s Office of the Pardon Attorney.