Udi Ofer Calls on Biden to Apply Clemency Powers

Udi Ofer (’01), Deputy National Political Director of the ACLU and Director of the ACLU’s Justice Division, was quoted in a New York Times piece regarding President Biden’s collaboration with the White House Counsel’s Office and the Justice Department as he considers applying clemency and seeks recommendations from criminal justice advocates (“Biden Is Developing a Pardon Process With a Focus on Racial Justice,” May 17). Following an ACLU clemency campaign for “the elderly, the sick, those swept up in the war on drugs and people locked up because of racist policies of the past that have since been changed,” Udi noted that President Biden “has a special obligation given his history to use the power of clemency to fix these issues, because he was the architect of so many of the mass incarceration policies that we are now trying to repeal.”