JaneAnne Murray
Associate Clinical Professor of Law

Prof. Murray Participates in Panel on Federal Clemency and Compassionate Release in Second Chances Symposium at University of Chicago Law School

On February 18, 2022, Professor JaneAnne Murray, Director of the Law School's Clemency Project, participated in a panel on federal clemency petitions and compassionate release motions as part of the Second Chances Symposium organized by the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School.  The symposium explored second chances in the federal and state criminal legal systems, with a focus on clemency, compassionate release, and other post-conviction “second looks” that allow judges, politicians, parole boards, and others to reconsider sentences after imposition.  As the panel organizers explained: "[e]xpanding second chances is vital to reducing mass incarceration. Too many people are serving long prison terms that do not make us safer. This symposium will bring together lawyers, advocates, academics, and formerly incarcerated individuals who will share their knowledge and perspectives on clemency, compassionate release, and other 'second look' mechanisms."