Oct 10, 2018

President Trump is Right; There are Many People Who Deserve Clemency

Post by Geoff Holtzman

Arlington, VA — President Trump said today that he is actively looking to grant clemency to more individuals serving long prison sentences for low-level, non-violent offenses.

The president specifically mentioned his pardon earlier this year of Alice Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother who served 21 years of a life sentence for committing non-violent offenses as a first-time offender.

“There are a lot of people like that, that will unfortunately be locked up for many, many years, and there’s no reason for it,” said the president. “And we are actively looking for those situations.”

Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden issued the following statement:

“The president rightly understands that our country has an over-incarceration problem caused mainly by antiquated ‘tough on crime’ policies of the failed War on Drugs from the 1970’s to the present. Many of those who are serving long sentences for low-level, non-violent issues that happened many years ago have more than paid their debt to society and are ready to successfully rejoin our communities. The president should give these individuals a second chance and his administration should, consistent with its constitutional authority, reform the clemency process to make it less redundant and bureaucratic. Congress should also pass reforms like the bipartisan FIRST STEP Act that will transform our criminal justice system by providing real second chances and removing barriers that prevent people from realizing their full potential. These reforms will enhance public safety and make our system more just.”

BACKGROUND

Mark Holden on Alice Johnson: Justice Has Been Delivered

Yahoo! News: A White House proud of being tough is looking for more people to pardon

CNN: Kim Kardashian at White House for clemency review session

Reuters: Trump offers olive branch to NFL players with input on pardons