Pro Bono Opportunities in Clemency & Compassionate Release
NACDL’s Return to Freedom Project (R2F) helps those languishing in prison by partnering with different organizations to recruit, train, and support pro bono volunteers on clemency, compassionate release, and expungement. There are powerful advocates in every state fighting on behalf of those left behind, and the R2F partners with these groups to support and amplify their work.
The R2F unites projects such as the Excessive Sentence Project, the Trial Penalty Clemency Project, the Cannabis Justice Initiative, and other clemency and compassionate release efforts under a single banner at NACDL.
Since the launch of the NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project in 2017, the Return to Freedom Initiatives have:
- Recruited 2,050 volunteers from 500 firms and other organizations,
- Received 9,500 applications for assistance,
- Placed 1,250 cases with firms,
- Filed 1,295 petitions and motions for relief with our Federal/state/local public defender partners,
- Regained freedom for 248 individuals,
- Reduced sentences by 1,425 years, and
- Freed 32 Lifers (or life equivalent)
Learn more about R2F’s various initiatives and find out how to volunteer to take a case at nacdl.org/freedom.