Tag: clemency

In Final Day of Office, President Obama Grants 330 More Commutations

In his final day in office, President Obama granted 330 more commutations, the most in a single day in U.S. history. The move – which comes just two days after the last batch of clemency – brings the total number of commutations granted by President Obama to 1715; this is well more than the past …

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President Obama Pardons 79 More Drug Offenders

President Obama announced Tuesday that he is granting pardons to 79 more people serving federal prison sentences for nonviolent drug-related crimes. President Obama has now pardoned 1,023 individuals (342 serving life sentences), more than the past 11 presidents combined. “He is committed to using his clemency power in ways not seen from any other president …

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President Obama Grants 102 More Pardons, Brings Total to 774, More than Last 11 Presidents Combined

President Obama yesterday commuted the sentences of 102 more people, the “vast majority” of which have been in prison for nonviolent drug-related offenses. This brings the total number of pardons granted by Obama to 774, more than the number of commutations issued by the last 11 presidents combined. “The vast majority of today’s grants were …

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Obama Pardons Dozens More Drug Offenders, Including 20 Serving Life Sentences

On Friday, President Obama announced 42 additional grants of clemency to men and women serving years in prison under outdated and unduly harsh drug sentencing laws. 20 of these individuals were set to spend the rest of their life in prison. To date, the President has commuted the sentences of 348 individuals, 150 more than the …

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President Obama Pardons Dozens of Drug Offenders, Incuding Some Serving Life Sentences

President Obama today granted clemency to 61 individuals serving federal prison sentences for drug-related offenses, with more than a third in prison serving life sentences. These 61 pardons brings the total number of sentences President Obama has commuted to 248, more than the past six presidents combined. In total, he’s commuted 92 life sentences. The …

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President Obama Grants Clemency to 14 Individuals Serving Life in Prison for Drugs

By Drug Policy Alliance Today, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 people incarcerated in federal prison. This follows the commutation of eight people incarcerated in federal prison for drug offenses in December of 2014, and 22 in March 2015. Fourteen of the people who received commutations today were serving life in prison for …

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President Obama to Commute Sentences of Dozens of Drug Offenders

President Obama plans this week to free dozens of inmates serving time for non-violent drug offenses by commuting their sentences, according to a presidential spokesman. In total, Obama plans to commute the sentences of up to 80 people, many currently in prison for non-violent, drug-related offenses. This will mean that these individuals can walk free …

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President Obama Commutes 22 Drug Sentences, Including 8 Lifetime Sentences

President Obama today commuted the sentences of 22 convicted federal drug offenders, including eight serving life sentences. This action doubles the number of commutations the President has issued since taking office in 2009, and is double the total amount of commutations given out by former President Bush during his eight years in office. “Had they …

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President Obama Plans to Release Hundreds, Perhaps Thousands of Inmates Jailed for Drug Offenses Early

The Obama administration has announced that it will be actively encouraging prisoners serving sentences for drug offenses to apply for clemency – with the goal of releasing hundreds, if not thousands, of inmates early. White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler spoke about the presidential plans to grant wide-spread clemency at New York University’s law school last …

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