On Tuesday, he granted 78 pardons and 153 commutations—the record for any president in a single day—to individuals with nonviolent offenses.
The applications of thousands of federal inmates eligible for commuted sentences are bottlenecked, and the clock is ticking.
This year, the president should extend some Thanksgiving clemency to human beings—starting with Leonard Peltier.
Despite the pontiff's best efforts, he couldn't persuade a Georgia parole board to grant clemency for Kelly Gissendaner, a death row inmate due to be executed Tuesday evening.
President Obama granted clemency Monday to 46 men and women convicted of nonviolent drug crimes, most of whom were serving sentences of at least 20 years.
Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other "Left, Right & Center" panelists discuss The New York Times' call for clemency for Edward Snowden. National Review editor Rich Lowry, providing the perspective from the right, acknowledges that Snowden's case is "ambiguous," while insisting he broke the law.
Atlantic contributor Conor Friedersdorf supported The New York Times' call for clemency for NSA leaker and whistle-blower Edward Snowden by meticulously explaining why clemency would not set a dangerous precedent that would encourage federal employees to become loose with all manner of official secrets, as many of the Times' critics have claimed.
The New York Times is kicking off 2014 by demanding clemency or a plea deal for Edward Snowden.
To avoid repeating a scandal like his predecessor’s, George W. Bush gave career lawyers in the Justice Department far-reaching authority to choose who got presidential pardons. The result: Whites are nearly four times as likely as minorities to win a pardon, even when the type of crime and severity of sentence are taken into account.Whites are nearly four times as likely as minorities to win a presidential pardon.