Kemba Smith joins the ACLU’s “At Liberty” podcast


April 21, 2023

Leading with Conviction 2019 graduate, author, and criminal legal reform advocate Kemba Smith received clemency in 2000 after serving six and a half years of a 294-month sentence in federal prison as a first-time nonviolent drug offender.

On the ACLU’s “At Liberty” podcast, she joined host Kendall Ciesemier and Acting Director of the ACLU Justice Division, Cynthia W. Roseberry, to speak about her story and why presidents and governors should use clemency more as one tool to begin undoing the harms of the war on drugs.

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