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

obamaOn Friday, President Obama announced 42 additional grants of clemency to men and women serving years in prison under outdated and unduly harsh drug sentencing laws. 20 of these individuals were set to spend the rest of their life in prison.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 previous seven Presidents combined. According to a White House blog post; “He remains committed to using his clemency power throughout the remainder of the Administration to give more deserving individuals that same second chance.”

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California Governor Pardons 93 Drug Offenders

California Governor Jerry Brown has given a full and unconditional pardon to 127 individuals. 93 of these pardons are for drug-related crimes, many of which are for possessing, cultivating or distributing cannabis.

californiaEach of those pardoned had “exhibited good moral character” and “lived an honest and upright life”, according to a statement released by Governor Brown’s office. “Pardons are not granted unless they are earned,” said a message from Brown’s office announcing the pardons.

Among those pardoned is 65 year old Rober Akers, who was sentenced in 1968 for selling cannabis.

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