Udi Ofer Urges President Biden to Grant Categorical Clemency

Udi Ofer (’01), Deputy National Political Director of the ACLU and Director of the ACLU’s Justice Division, published a piece on Inquest discussing the history of applied presidential clemency powers and urging categorical clemency as advocates press Biden to prevent people on home confinement from being returned to prison (“Mass Clemency,” Nov. 2). “Only a bold and transformational approach to clemency can tackle the enormity of our nation’s mass incarceration crisis. Decades of punitive policies created the crisis, particularly in Black and Brown communities. Categorical clemency is an opportunity to fix these injustices and to free people who should not be in prison today. Correcting these past injustices is a critical step to healing our nation and to moving forward on racial justice. Now it’s time for the president, and those who look to his leadership, to meet this moment.”