President Obama Has Commuted the Sentences of Over 1,000 Prisoners
President Obama granted clemency to 231 prisoners, the largest act of clemency granted by any president in the United State's history in one single day. To date President Obama has granted clemency to a total of 1,176 individuals serving time in prison, this includes 395 people serving life sentences in jail.
The President also granted pardons to 78 individuals, bringing his total number of pardons to 148. According to a release from the White House, these acts of pardon and clemency, "exemplify his belief that America is a nation of second chances."
The release published by Neil Eggleston, White House Counsel to the President continued,
"Today’s grants signify the President’s continued commitment to exercising his clemency authority through the remainder of his time in office. In 2016 alone, the President has granted clemency to more than 1,000 deserving individuals. The President continues to review clemency applications on an individualized basis to determine whether a particular applicant has demonstrated a readiness to make use of his or her second chance, and I expect that the President will issue more grants of both commutations and pardons before he leaves office. The mercy that the President has shown his 1,324 clemency recipients is remarkable, but we must remember that clemency is a tool of last resort and that only Congress can achieve the broader reforms needed to ensure over the long run that our criminal justice system operates more fairly and effectively in the service of public safety."