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  • A procedure used by the executive branch of government to lessen a lengthy prison term and guard against disproportionate sentences enacted by the legislative or judicial branches. The President of the United States has the power to grant clemency to federal inmates, while state inmates seek reprieve from their state's respective governors. Some jurisdictions have strict requirements for submission, while others are less rigorous in application.

    10.4135/9781412972024.n386

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