During President Barack Obama’s last full day in office, he announced 330 more commutations, for nonviolent drug offenders, bringing his total number of clemencies to 1,715, reported the Washington Post.
Obama has granted commutations to more people than the past 12 presidents combined, including 568 inmates with life sentences. He has granted 212 pardons. His final group of clemencies was the most granted on one day in U.S. history.
“By restoring proportionality to unnecessarily long drug sentences, this administration has made a lasting impact on our criminal justice system,” said Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates. “With 1,715 commutations in total, this undertaking was as enormous as it was unprecedented.”
One clemency activist said, “His gracious act of mercy today sealed his clemency legacy and allowed many truly deserving men and women to be reunited with their families."
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