How To Guide For: A Look At The Clemency Granted By Obama
Clemency is a Governor's or President's power to pardon a person convicted of a criminal offense or to commute the related sentence. A specially appointed committee is accountable for recommendations. The definition of Clemency literally means leniency. It's an act of reducing penalties without completely removing a conviction from someone's record. On Monday President Barack Obama granted clemency to 231 individuals, almost all of whom had been convicted for drug offenses. He issued 153 sentence commutations and 78 pardons according to The New York Times. Obama has focused primarily on shortening sentences of those convicted of drug offenses rather than giving pardons. A Pardon amounts to forgiveness of a crime that removes restrictions on the right to vote, hold state or local office, or sit on a jury. The pardon also lessens the stigma arising from the conviction. The pardons issued Monday were for a wide range of offenses, such as possession of counterfeit currency, felon in possession of a firearm and involuntary manslaughter. To get more information on the clemency granted by Obama click on the pictures below to read the articles.