NEWSONE NOW: ROLAND MARTIN speaks to FAMILY MEMBERS URGING for #CLEMENCYNOW BEFORE OBAMA LEAVES OFFICE

NEWSONE NOW: ROLAND MARTIN speaks to FAMILY MEMBERS URGING for #CLEMENCYNOW BEFORE OBAMA LEAVES OFFICE

During Thursday’s edition of* NewsOne Now, Roland Martin* spoke with relatives of inmates who may die behind bars if the president doesn’t come through. They are skeptical their request for clemency will fall on deaf ears during a Trump administration.

Nkechi Taifa, William Underwood‘s family attorney, hopes the door to clemency will not be shut. Underwood was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his first and only felony under a mandatory minimum sentence as a drug offender.

Without a clemency order from President Obama, Underwood could die in prison.

Taifa told Martin, “Clemencies under conservative presidents have not necessarily been less than under Democratic presidents … We are hoping that the momentum that the Obama Administration has initiated will, in fact, continue into the Trump Administration.

“However we know that Obama has a little over 60 days to continue and expand and greatly accelerate the clemency initiative that he has started and we are pleading him to go bold and commute as many sentences as he can while he is still in office.”

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