Obama just pardoned more than 200 people—did he do the right thing? | The Tylt
It's good to be the president.
With the stroke of a pen, you can release a federal prisoner. And Obama just did that for 214 people, the most commutations in a single day since 1900. In total Obama has granted 562 early sentences, more than any president since Calvin Coolidge, according to USA Today.
On the one hand, most of these are nonviolent offenders. Proponents of the clemency say these individuals faced unduly harsh sentences for minor offenses. It's not unusual for a president to commute sentences if they are not running for re-election. But granting clemency for 214 people is unprecedented (at least in this century!) and it begs the question of whether Obama is abusing his power.
Obama just pardoned more than 200 people—did he do the right thing?
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