The media is outraged over the fact that President Donald Trump pardoned former Maricopa Country Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Yet, that same media didn’t say a word about former President Barack Obama’s 1000 commutations of individuals that committed a myriad of drug crimes.
In November 2016, Obama reduced the sentences of 79 additional people in prison for non-violent drug crimes, bringing his total to more than 1,000 commutations/pardons.
The Obama administration has been commuting the sentences of non-violent drug offenders in higher numbers than any recent president, while criminal justice reform efforts are stalled by lawmakers in Congress. A statement by the White House said the actions are meant to reduce the effect of “outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws.”
Here’s how many he’s commuted/pardoned compared to previous presidents:
— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) November 22, 2016
Here’s what the White House said about Joe Arpaio’s pardon:
“Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now 85 years old, and after more than 50 years of admirable service to our Nation, he is worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon,” the White House said in a statement.
“I am pleased to inform you that I have just granted a full Pardon to 85 year old American patriot Sheriff Joe Arpaio,” the president tweeted on Friday night. “He kept Arizona safe!”
Lastly, it’s worth noting that Arpaio’s pardon came while he was merely charged with a crime — the court didn’t even go through it’s process. However, all those Obama pardoned were currently sitting in a prison cell.
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