When it comes to granting pardons and shortening prison sentences, no other President holds a candle to President Obama. As a matter of fact, not even the last 11 Presidents together can equal the 774 commutations that he has issued. The push is on before his office expires. More than 500 have been given in just this year. The rationale is that there have been a lot of unfair sentencing handed out by the courts. Obama intends to rectify this on his own, as usual.
As Written By the Associate Press and appeared on Fox News:
President Barack Obama offered 102 federal inmates the chance to leave prison early, wielding his clemency powers Thursday as part of his end-of-term push to spur action on criminal justice reform.
The latest round of commutations brings to 774 the number of sentences Obama has shortened, including 590 this year. The White House said it’s more than the previous 11 presidents put together. Thirty-four of the new recipients had been serving life sentences.
Almost all the prisoners had been convicted of nonviolent crimes related to cocaine, methamphetamine or other drugs, although some were also serving time for firearms violations in connection to drug trafficking, possession or sales. Almost all are men, though they represent a diverse cross-section of the country geographically.
“The vast majority of today’s grants were for individuals serving unduly harsh sentences for drug-related crimes under outdated sentencing laws,” said Neil Eggleston, Obama’s White House counsel. He said Obama would continue considering clemency applications throughout the remaining months of his presidency.
Still, Obama’s order doesn’t set all the prisoners free right away. Many of those receiving commutations won’t ….
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