Obama Pardons 78, Commutes Sentences of Another 153 Criminals, Many Drug Traffickers
Obama is very keen to cement his legacy. – Shorty Dawkins
by Katie McHugh
Outgoing President Barack Obama pardoned 78 convicts and commuted the sentences of another 153, many of whom were drug traffickers, in the largest number of clemencies granted by a president in one day on Monday.
Of the variety of crimes committed by the criminals receiving clemency, many are drug trafficking—manufacturing and selling illicit drugs including crack cocaine, heroin, and more. Thousands of dollars in fines owed were also excused.
The announcement came only days after the Center for Disease Control revealed deaths from legal and illegal opioid and prescription drug overdoses hit 33,091 in 2015, and deaths from illegal synthetic opioids spiked 72 percent in a single year.
“With today’s 153 commutations, the President has now commuted the sentences of 1,176 individuals, including 395 life sentences. The President also granted pardons to 78 individuals, bringing his total number of pardons to 148. Today’s acts of clemency — and the mercy the President has shown his 1,324 clemency recipients — exemplify his belief that America is a nation of second chances,” the White House boasts.
The White House does not explain why any of the 231 individuals who received clemency deserved a “second chance,” simply saying they had “led a productive and law-abiding post-conviction life,” or merely “made the most of his or her time in prison.”