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Looking To Grant Clemency To More Prisoners, White House Asks Advocates For Names

Prisoner advocates say they have given the White House names of prisoners who may be ideal candidates for clemency. They are now waiting to see how the White House will proceed.
President Trump signs a posthumous pardon for boxer Jack Johnson on May 24. The White House has privately asked prisoner advocates in recent weeks for the names of more potential clemency candidates. Source: Olivier Douliery-Pool

Advocates for prisoners from several groups tell NPR that White House officials have privately asked them for potential candidates for clemency, and they have offered dozens of names.

The outreach came in the wake of President Trump's recent spate of pardons and commutations — most of which were granted to public figures or individuals who had received a lot of media attention.

The advocates, who declined to be

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