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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 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‚Äôs grants were …

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Obama Pardons 111 More Drug Offenders, 35 Serving Life Sentences

President Obama has commuted the sentences of 111 people in federal prison over nonviolent drug crimes. 35 of these people were serving life sentences, meaning they would have died in prison if Obama didn’t grant them this pardon. The 111 commutations brings Obama’s August total to 325, the most ever in a single month. On …

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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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