Justice Department officials have completed their review of more than 16,000 clemency petitions filed by federal prisoners over the past two years and sent their last recommendations to President Barack Obama, who is set to grant hundreds more commutations to nonviolent drug offenders during his final days in office.
"Everyone has killed themselves here to get the final recommendations to the president," Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said in an interview. "We were in overdrive. We were determined to live up to our commitment. It was 24-7 over the Christmas break."
U.S. Pardon Attorney Robert Zauzmer has not taken a day off since Yates brought him on...
President Barack Obama, at the time the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, speaks to attendees at the 99th annual convention of the NAACP in Cincinnati, Ohio.