President Obama just announced the largest single-day grant of commutations for federal inmates in the history of the United States and apparently he’s not done yet according to comments posted to his Facebook page:
“Altogether, I’ve commuted more sentences than the past nine presidents combined, and I am not done yet.”
Shortly after the announcement, the President took to twitter to boast about the new record. We’re not sure exactly when the early release of criminals being held for federal crimes became something to be bragged about but we’ll go along for the ride.
Political scientist P.S. Ruckman Jr., who runs Pardon Power, also pointed out that Obama has already commuted more sentences than any President since Calvin Coolidge and apparently he’s far from done.
Neil Eggleston, White House Counsel to the President, pointed out that Obama believes that “America is a nation of second chances.”
To date, President Obama has granted 562 commutations: more commutations than the previous nine presidents combined and more commutations than any individual president in nearly a century. Of those, 197 individuals were serving life sentences. And, today’s 214 grants of commutation also represent the most grants in a single day since at least 1900. That being said, our work is far from finished. I expect the President will continue to grant clemency in a historic and inspiring fashion.
Well, so long as it’s done in an “inspiring” fashion then we’re pretty sure the law-abiding citizens of the communities (that are having their right to protect themselves removed almost as fast) welcoming these felons home will be good with it.
Got to get those voters out and registered by November!