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WVU helps three prisoners get clemency
MORGANTOWN — Three of the people who will soon be leaving federal prisons because of a Presidential clemency order had their cases handled through a WVU program.
Last week, President Obama issued clemency to 61 prisoners, ending their prison sentences. Dwayne Walker, Byron McDade and Marvin Bailey will be released over the summer as a result of a WVU law clinic’s work.
WVU law student Adriana Faycurry worked on one of the cases and got to make the call to tell Walker that he was going to be released.
“It was really surreal. At this point, I don’t think it’s sunk in,” Faycurry said.
Valena Beety is the director of the WVU Innocence Project and faculty member of the College of Law. She said the people eligible for clemency are non-violent drug offenders who have already served at least 10 years in prison. They are people who were sentenced under old guidelines and if they committed their crime today, would have received a lesser punishment.
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