The president has the worst record for clemency in modern history.
Granting clemency to nonviolent offenders like Alice Marie Johnson would be low on the list of priorities for Yates and Biden.
The president's daughter says "we’re just getting started." Some details would be nice.
Two years after commuting her life sentence, the president has pardoned Alice Marie Johnson.
The president's case rests on two accomplishments, while his plans for a second term echo the mindless toughness he intermittently condemns.
"I will continue to give all Americans, including former inmates, the best chance to build a new life and achieve their own American dream," Trump said.
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"They were not sentenced to death, and they should be released immediately."
The argument requires several controversial assumptions and leaps of logic.
Criminal justice reformers say federal prosecutors torpedoed clemency petitions in worthy cases.
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While the president seems sincerely concerned about "very unfair" drug penalties, it's not clear whether he thinks his work in that area is done.
The jury said they would have given Jimmy Meders life in prison without parole had it been available.
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Recent revisions to state law will facilitate such duplicative prosecutions of people associated with the president.
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Booker would move the process away from prosecutors and into the White House.
The bill allows dual prosecutions of people in the president's orbit who receive pardons or commutations.
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Gov. Rick Snyder's clemency record could have been a lot better.
The criminal justice system failed four black men after a white woman accused them of rape.
At a celebrity-headlined and media-focused summit on incarceration, the speakers recognize their allies.
Alice Marie Johnson's life sentence for a first-time drug offense was commuted by Trump. Now she's speaking out against mandatory minimums.
Commutations for people serving absurdly long sentences would be a great new way to torture the attorney general.
Leave it to Kim Kardashian West to secure freedom for a prisoner of the drug war (seriously, she's good at it).
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Barbara Underwood is outraged by the president's use of his clemency power, and she wants state legislators to do something about it.
The reality superstar will meet with Trump to push for clemency today for a great-grandmother serving a life sentence for a drug offense.
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Presidential pardons were a depressing crapshoot long before Arpaio received one.
The president admires strong men who break the law to enforce it.
On his last day in office, Obama commuted the sentences of 330 inmates. For one of those prisoners, it was a bitter day.
Donald Trump and his attorney general take a dim view of Obama's mercy.
Obama has not issued more pardons and commutations than any other president or the most in a single day.
Cheryl Howard received life in prison for crack cocaine. On Monday, her daughter found out she is coming home.
Fears that a Trump administration will not be as merciful.
Bipartisan sentencing reforms and falling crime rates have played a much bigger role than commutations or DOJ policy.
Another 79 granted mercy over federal drug war sentences.
With time running out on the Obama White House, activists and family members of current inmates fear the door on clemency is about to slam shut.
Donald Graham got one year for each of the two drug offenses he committed as a teenager, then life at 30.
Today, 72 federal drug war prisoners get sentences reduced.
He could still surpass Nixon in percentage of petitions granted.
The president has granted 774 commutations so far, 97 percent of them in the second half of his second term.
The president might even surpass Richard Nixon's commutation rate.
In raw numbers, the president has far surpassed his recent predecessors, but his petition approval rate is only middling.
Justice Department still expects more before presidency ends.
The slowness and disorganization of the clemency process put in place has stranded many of the prisoners and families it was supposed to help.