For possessing a gun while committing a crime—even when no one is killed—too many defendants are slammed with sentences decades or even centuries longer than justice demands.
The controversy over Trump’s pardons and commutations highlights longstanding problems with clemency.
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The president's final batch of clemency actions includes commutations for dozens of nonviolent drug offenders.
The list also included several drug war victims.
Full pardons were given to the four contractors convicted of murdering Iraqis in a firefight in Baghdad.
Though journalists tend to despise the WikiLeaks founder, his fate could impact the future of their profession.
The president has the worst record for clemency in modern history.
If Trump isn’t interested, maybe the Biden administration could get started with a few acts of mercy.
"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.
All the worst people are still mad he blew the whistle on government snooping.
Shifting the process from the Justice Department to the White House can help eliminate bureaucracy and meddling from prosecutors.
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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She’s nearly three years into a five-year sentence for releasing classified documents showing Russian attempts to hack U.S. election systems.
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Recent revisions to state law will facilitate such duplicative prosecutions of people associated with the president.
Meanwhile, outgoing Gov. Matt Bevin made some controversial pardon choices as he headed for the door.
Pentagon brass, who urged the president not to issue these orders, fear that the president's actions will undermine the system of military justice.
Obama denied him clemency. Will Trump set him free?
While the president's mercy might be self-serving, it's not necessarily wrong.
The bill allows dual prosecutions of people in the president's orbit who receive pardons or commutations.
The criminal justice system failed four black men after a white woman accused them of rape.
Steve and Dwight Hammond became a cause célèbre for angry ranchers and another example of inflexible mandatory minimum sentences.
The president has discovered the power of the pardon. Could that make this a moment for criminal justice reform?
After oral arguments last year, Stephanie Slade correctly observed that "justices might have found a sort of get-out-of-jail-free card." Also on the Reason Podcast: Bill Clinton, Roseanne, Samantha Bee, Kim Kardashian, and maybe the worst celebrity of the week, Larry Kudlow.
"I don't know Mr. Libby, but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly."
It's a good idea and the right thing to do.