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 12 presidents combined. Included in this commutations were 568 people who were serving life sentences; this means they would have died in prison if not for Obama.
The vast majority of the commuted charges were for drug-related offenses.
For comparison sake, former President George W. Bush granted just 11 commutations, whereas Bill Clinton granted 61