The Law: Choices on Amnesty

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To help provide as many lawyers as possible, the A.C.L.U. has established special offices in Washington, D.C., New York City and near Camp Atterbury, Ind., where deserters are being processed. But even without the new A.C.L.U. campaign, relatively few men have been signing up for amnesty. Of the estimated 50,000 evaders and deserters eligible, only 26 draft dodgers not already convicted have turned themselves in to U.S. Attorney's offices around the country. The military has processed 900 deserters at Atterbury, but 460 of them were already incarcerated.

Thousands of men are apparently waiting to see the outcome of test cases before making a move. Their problem is the calendar: the Government has set Jan. 31 as the deadline for amnesty.

Those who wait beyond that date—and those who choose to follow the A.C.L.U.'s court route—still face the threat of a jail sentence.

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