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Inmates Hope for Last-Ditch Shot at Obama's Clemency Program

As Obama's second term draws to a close, so does his two-year-old clemency initiative



    File Photo -- President Barack Obama speaks at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, about the administration's approach to counterterrorism campaign. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    In the days after President Obama granted her early release from prison, Mandy Martinson drifted from joy and gratitude to guilt.

    She felt blessed that her 15-year sentence for playing a small role in a methamphetamine ring had been cut short. But she also puzzled over why she received such a gift while thousands of other federal drug offenders were seeking the president's mercy, NBC News reported.

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    Some were on her housing unit at Waseca Federal Correctional Institution in Minnesota. They included lifers who saw Obama's ambitious clemency program, focused on low-level, nonviolent drug offenders, as their only hope at avoiding death behind bars.