As Obama’s presidency approaches its peak, our beloved POTUS figured he’d leave the Oval Office with a bang, and bang he did!
Today, President Obama discontinued the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug related crimes; correcting what he calls a “systematic injustice to a climactic close”. According to AJC News, “Obama brought his total number of commutations granted to 1,715, more than any other president in U.S. history…”.
Obama only gave the golden tickets to inmates who had served at least 10 years, had little to no incidents while incarcerated, and they must have been nonviolent offenders. Neil Eggleston, Obama’s White House counsel said in an interview, “The ones who really stuck home for the president and me are the ones who got their GED, they worked, they took courses in anger management, they took courses in getting over drug abuse issues, they remained in contract with their families.”
Bernard Smith was given a 22-year sentence in 2002 when he was arrested for selling marijuana and cocaine, which actually belonged to his brother, to undercover officers. Regardless of the fact that the bulk of the drugs that Smith and his brother were selling did not belong to him, he was charged with a cocaine offense as well. A specific order Obama put in place for Bernard Smith was that he must complete a two-year residential drug treatment program.
However, Obama will not be granting pardons or commutations to those convicted of treason related crimes such as the act of deserting your squad in the Army as Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been accused of or leaking National Security Agency documents as Edward Snowden did.
Regardless of who was not let go, this final and historical act of kindness comes right before our president stands with President-elect Donald Trump as he is sworn in. The years he spent serving the American people will surely be cherished.