Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Pardoner-In-Chief Is Endangering Citizens’ Lives

Law and Disorder: Gitmo terrorists aren’t the only prisoners President Obama is pardoning. He is also commuting the life sentences of major drug dealers in record numbers, despite the clear and present danger that many of them pose to U.S. citizens.
Obama pardoned another 61 prisoners Wednesday, bringing the total number of felons whose sentences he has commuted to 248 — more than all the previous six presidents going back to Gerald Ford combined.
And he is not done yet.
More than 10,000 clemency cases are pending, and the president has made approving them his “top priority” in his remaining days in office.
“Clemency of individual cases alone cannot fix decades of overly punitive sentencing policies,” his White House counsel, Neil Eggleston, said. “So while we continue to work to resolve as many clemency applications as possible — and make no mistake, we are working hard at this — only broader criminal justice reform can truly bring justice to the many thousands of people behind bars serving unduly harsh and outdated sentences.”
Obama claims that none of the felons he is putting back on the streets is a serious offender. But 92 of them — or nearly 40% of the total pardoned so far — were serving life sentences. So they’re hardly the “low-level” or “non-violent” criminals that he claims.
Almost all of them are crack dealers who have also committed gun crimes. These are dangerous thugs whom judges and juries decided should never be out on the streets again. They were supposed to be locked up for good.
Read the rest of this IBD editorial HERE.

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