Obama Commutes Sentences For 102 Federal Inmates Bringing His Total To 774
President Obama is dead a$$ serious about getting non-violent drug offenders out of the prison system.
According to USAToday, Barry O commuted the sentences of 102 federal inmates today.
Back in August, the President set a record for 325 sentences commuted.
If we didn’t know any better we’d say that Obama is trying to undo some of the damage done by Bill and Hillary Clinton’s mass incarceration policies of the 90’s.
“The vast majority of today’s grants were for individuals serving unduly harsh sentences for drug-related crimes under outdated sentencing laws,” White House counsel Neil Eggleston said in a statement. “With today’s grants, the President has commuted 774 sentences, more than the previous 11 presidents combined. With a total of 590 commutations this year, President Obama has now commuted the sentences of more individuals in one year than in any other single year in our nation’s history.”
In some cases, even inmates who used a firearm in the commission of their crimes still received commuted sentences:
Obama has also commuted the sentences of even more serious offenders. Before August, 13% of inmates receiving clemency had used a firearm in the offense. For those granted presidential mercy in August, it was 22%. On Thursday, 11 of the 102 commutations involved sentences involving a firearm.
In Thursday’s announcement, 21 inmates were scheduled to be released from prison on Feb. 3, 2017. The rest will be released later in 2017 or years in the future, which is a continuation of the trend toward term resentencing.
We not gonna get empathy like this from another president for a LONG time.
Image via AP
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