On Monday, President Obama granted 231 pardons and commutations — the most ever in a single day, the Washington Examiner reported. According to the report, 42 of those were individuals found guilty of crimes committed with firearms.
According to the Examiner:
The president has now commuted the sentences of 1,176 individuals, including 395 life sentences.
White House counsel Neil Eggleston said the move signifies Obama’s “continued commitment to exercising his clemency authority through the remainder of his time in office.”
Obama has just 32 days left in office and has faced pressure from criminal justice reform advocates to shorten as many sentences as possible before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.
Of the 153 individuals granted a shorter prison sentence, most were sentenced for non-violent drug-related crimes. However, 42 had a firearm-related offense as well, such as “use of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking offense.”
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“Over the last eight years, President Obama has given a second chance to over 1,100 inmates who have paid their debt to society. Our work is ongoing and we look forward to additional announcements from the President before the end of his term,” said Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.
THe Examiner added: “Though Obama added 78 pardons to his eight-year total — now 148 — he still trails previous presidents including George W. Bush, who pardoned 189 people, and Bill Clinton, who pardoned 396.”
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