That gives a grand total of 1,715 prisoners who have been granted clemency. This is more than any other president in history. Give us your thoughts on that.
President Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug offenses.
The final batch of commutations came on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration and caps off an extraordinarily long list of people who have had time shaved off their sentences courtesy of the outgoing president.
“With this last act of mercy, President Obama has closed out a historic effort to restore some balance and fairness to a federal prison system that has caused needless destruction of thousands of lives and families,” Jessica Jackson Sloan, national director of the #cut50 initiative, said in a written statement. “We continue to waste our precious resources to lock up people who have committed drug-related crimes that do not warrant decades, and certainly not life, in prison.”