The former USA president Barack Obama has declared 153 commutations and 78 pardons as per his clemency power some in context of pre Christmas. There is almost a month left for Obama in the office and he has granted double pardons this year than he has done in his last seven years.
The president continues to use his left over days of clemency power. He has commuted 1176 sentences of the federal prisoners, which were long and compulsory drug sentences that were pending since the last 30 years.
However, the time of clemency powers is running from the hands of the president in the Pardon attorney office. Till 30th November, about 12943 applications and 1937 petitions of commutation were pending. Michael Collins from Dug Policy Associated has said that they need to speed up the process of commutations and complete them before the president leaves the office. He even added that the president needs to be appreciated for whatever he is doing as everyone knows that the new president who is going to enter White House seems to have no sympathy for mass incarceration and for the ones who are into unfair sentences.
Obama started the clemency program in the year 2014 in order to cut short the sentence terms of the prisoners who have been in the prison and given harsh sentences. Obama till now has granted a lot of clemencies and he wishes to complete the task before he is replaced in the office by Trump.