"Too many people go to too many prisons for far too long for no good law enforcement reason. We need to ensure that incarceration is used to punish, deter, and rehabilitate -not merely to warehouse and forget,”.
Attorney General Eric Holder, August 2013.
WECDA lunched a Clemency Clinic, slightly ahead of the Special Initiative launched by the Department of Justice.
We prepare for, and assist incarcerated individuals with gathering documents and preparing their own petitions.
We are also in the process of identifying and or developing resources in the various community for recipients of the Executive Clemency reduction. Resources which may assist in making the transition from prison to community somewhat easier. Most recipients are releasing after more than ten years, many more than twenty years. Many do not the resources available to start over , that includes clothing for employment interviews to funds for identification cards, etc.
We hope to be able to address this issue through networking with identified resources in their specific communities.
In addition to the Sentence Reductions through the Executive Clemency process, we also utilize the procedure for application of Mitigation and Remission of Restitution and Fines.
Incarcerated individuals may leave prison hobbled with mountains of debt. This makes it almost impossible to start over.
There are other measures pending in answer to the problem of debt facing the incarcerated individual upon commencing Supervised Release, problem, student loan debt, child support and even Traffic Tickets that have been held in abeyance in the system accruing huge sums.
Presently we are in place to assist with the measure to address Restitution and Fines.
Call or email for information if you are facing this issue and wish to seek relief.