Obama pardons or commutes 231 additional criminals
President Obama pardoned 78 people and shortened the sentences of 153 others convicted of federal crimes Monday, the most individual clemencies ever granted by a president in one day.
Forty-nine of the individuals had been convicted of firearms offenses.
The large number of pardons was unusual for Mr. Obama, who has focused his clemency efforts on commuting the life sentences of drug dealers who would not have received such lengthy terms under current law. Pardons amount to forgiveness of a crime that removes restrictions on the right to vote.
The actions bring the total number of commutations by Mr. Obama to 1,176 people, including 395 who were serving life sentences, said White House Counsel Neil Eggleston. The president has now pardoned a total of 148 people during his presidency.
“Today’s acts of clemency … exemplify his belief that America is a nation of second chances,” Mr. Eggleston said. “Today’s grants signify the president’s continued commitment to exercising his clemency authority through the remainder of his time in office.”