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Obama's prisoner clemency plan faltering as cases pile up

File photo of Obama visiting a federal prison in OklahomaBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In April 2014, the administration of President Barack Obama announced the most ambitious clemency program in 40 years, inviting thousands of jailed drug offenders and other convicts to seek early release and urging lawyers across the country to take on their cases. More than 8,000 cases out of more than 44,000 federal inmates who applied have yet to make it to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for review, lawyers involved in the program told Reuters. The administration said it wanted to decide on all the applications before Obama’s term ends next January, when the program will automatically expire.

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