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.” Continue reading