Spurred by pandemic, Kansas ACLU launches clemency project


BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A civil rights group on Thursday launched "The Clemency Project" to try to secure the release of Kansas prisoners whose medical conditions make them vulnerable to the coronavirus, following a stinging defeat in court.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas filed the first round of what it anticipates will be dozens of individualized clemency petitions seeking relief for their clients from the state parole board and Gov. Laura Kelly.

The move comes days after Leavenworth District Judge David King threw out the group's class action petition on behalf of seven inma...

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