Tennessee governor orders clemency for Cyntoia Brown, trafficking victim charged for murder at 16

She was tried as an adult for what she claims was a killing in self-defense
Rex Santus
Criminal Justice

Trafficking Victim Serving Life for Killing Man Who Hired Her for Sex Pleads for Clemency

At 16, Cyntoia Brown was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man who bought her for sex. Now, her fate rests in the hands of Tennesse Governor Bill Haslam.
Kimberly Lawson
VICE News Tonight on HBO

Obama granted this woman clemency, but life on the outside has many roadblocks

Felicia Smith was granted clemency on Obama's last day in office. Now she's adjusting to a new life after more than 12 years in prison.
Rolake Bamgbose
Sex Trafficking

How a Sex Trafficked Teen Was Sentenced to Life for Killing a Man Who Bought Her

This week, celebrities like Rihanna, TI, and Kim Kardashian have posted about how the system has treated Brown unfairly, and a petition calling for her a pardon has garnered more than 200,000 signatures.
Kimberly Lawson

Why I Rejected President Obama's Clemency Offer

Arnold Ray Jones is doing time for crack, but despite getting an offer of early release from the White House, he's high on Trump.
Casey Tolan

A Mother, Serving 15 Years for Marijuana, Makes Last-Minute Plea for Freedom

Crystal Munoz is nine years into a 15-year sentence for possession of marijuana, a crime she says she never committed. With President Obama's time in office coming to an end, she fears this is her last chance for clemency—and her last chance to reunite...
Victoria Law

White House Sends 'Strongest Signal Yet' That Chelsea Manning Will Be Freed

In a press conference on Friday, White House press secretary addressed Chelsea Manning's plea for clemency at length—a development many of her supporters see as extremely heartening, and a possible indication that the president will commute her...
Diana Tourjée
The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

The Electoral College confirms Trump as president-elect, German police approach truck crash as terrorist attack, President Obama grants record number of prisoners clemency, and more.
VICE Staff
Criminal Justice

Obama just set a record for most prisoners granted clemency in a single day

Taylor Dolven
Criminal Justice

Families of inmates are begging Obama for clemency before Trump takes over


The VICE Morning Bulletin

Donald Trump will travel to Mexico to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto, President Obama grants clemency to 111 prisoners, the top ISIS strategist has been killed in Syria, and more.
VICE Staff
Crime & Drugs

Obama just granted clemency to 111 federal inmates, 35 of whom had life sentences

Tuesday's announcement brings the president's total number of clemencies to 673 — more than those granted by the last 10 presidents combined.
Tess Owen