Obama grants most ever pardons in a single day

In the words of Sheriff David Clarke:



President Barack Obama on Dec. 19 pardoned 78 inmates and cut the sentences of 153 others convicted of federal crimes. It was the most individual clemencies ever granted by a president in a single day.

“The 231 individuals granted clemency today have all demonstrated that they are ready to make use — or have already made use — of a second chance,” White House counsel Neil Eggleston wrote in a blog post. “While each clemency recipient’s story is unique, the common thread of rehabilitation underlies all of them.”

Of those granted clemency on Dec. 19, 54 were serving life sentences.

The previous single-day record of 151 commutations was set by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935.

Eggleston said Obama will continue to review clemency applications and is expected to grant more pardons and commutations before he leaves office.

Full article: Obama grants most ever pardons in a single day (World Tribune)

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