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Dream Corps Welcomes President Biden’s Actions to Provide Opportunities to the Formerly Incarcerated 


Oakland, CA – Today, President Biden announced 75 commutations, three pardons, and a number of policies to help formerly incarcerated individuals successfully rebuild their lives. The policy changes include $145 million for job training in prisons, expanded Pell grant access, access to capital for small businesses owned by formerly incarcerated individuals, and improved access to Medicare upon release. 

“President Biden’s clemency announcement is a great step forward on the path to making communities whole, not only by reuniting families but by setting more justice impacted individuals for success when they are released,” said Kandia Milton, Policy Director for Dream Corps JUSTICE, and someone who has been directly impacted by the justice system. “We especially thank President Biden for making the unprecedented and courageous decision to commute 75 sentences and pardon three others. No other president has ever  granted clemency to so many people during his first two years in office and we are so excited for the families who will now be reunited with their loved ones.

“But these commutations, while life changing for these families, are just a start,” continued Milton. “Thousands are still in our overcrowded prisons due to unfair drug sentencing laws. That is why we look forward to continuing to work with the administration to pass the EQUAL Act, which will treat crack cocaine sentences the same as powdered cocaine. And why we must administer the programs mandated in the First Step Act which will pave the way for thousands more to rejoin their communities and families as productive members of our society.”


Dream Corps JUSTICE

Dream Corps JUSTICE is a bipartisan effort to transform justice across the country. We bring together leaders impacted by the criminal justice system with unlikely allies spanning the political divide to push for criminal justice solutions.

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