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ASHINGTON — Sometime in the next few weeks, aides expect President Obama to issue orders freeing dozens of federal prisoners locked up on nonviolent drug offenses. With the stroke of his pen, he will probably commute more sentences at one time than any president has in nearly half a century.
The expansive use of his clemency power is part of a broader effort by Mr. Obama to correct what he sees as the excesses of the past, when politicians eager to be tough on crime threw away the key even for minor criminals. With many Republicans and Democrats now agreeing that the nation went too far, Mr. Obama holds the power to unlock that prison door, especially for young African-American and Hispanic men disproportionately affected.
With many Republicans and Democrats now agreeing that the nation went too far, Mr. Obama holds the power to unlock that prison door, especially for young African-American and Hispanic men disproportionately affected.
“It’s a touchy situation,” Mr. Cole said in an interview. “You don’t want to just supplant a judge’s determination of sentence.” But after reviewing many clemency petitions, he said, “I’d seen a number of them where the sentences seemed very high for the conduct and it noted that the judge at the time of sentencing thought the sentence was too high. We looked at that and thought this really isn’t supplanting the judge.”
originally posted by: introvert
An excellent move that will somehow be twisted to enrage the emotional, knee-jerk partisans.
The headlines will be amusing in the morning, I'm sure.
originally posted by: ventian
a reply to: alienjuggalo
I don't know how much good this will do. Out of those dozens, too many will go right back in. I like the steps Obama is taking, but I don't see this having much of an effect.
Seems a bit racist, bolding is mine. Why especially, is it a "set my people free" thing along with "I needs them new voters" thing? Why are they disproportionately effected? Did white, asian, native american and indian people all get a free pass? Although I agree that pot smokers shouldn't be in jail, but Obama's statement does seem racist.
originally posted by: xuenchen
Phase 2 starts.
Excellent real-time data material for Obama's Federalized Police programs.