Dana Bowerman's lifelong best friend Michelle Elliott holds a photograph of the two together. Bowerman is serving a nearly 20-year sentence for federal drug conspiracy charges. She was holding out hope for clemency for nonviolent drug offenders but it is unlikely that she will receive an early release date. Matthew Ozug/NPR hide caption

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Vice President Joe Biden addresses a progressive youth summit in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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