Biden Uses Clemency Powers For the First Time to Pardon 3 and Commute Sentences for 75

Biden Uses Clemency Powers For the First Time to Pardon 3 and Commute Sentences for 75

The White House announced on Tuesday that President Joe Biden is honoring Second Chance Month by pardoning three people and commuting the sentences of 75 others.

In his statement, Biden highlighted new initiatives to help “those re-entering society after incarceration,” including job training and workforce development programs.

“Today, I am pardoning three people who have demonstrated their commitment to rehabilitation and strive every day to give back and contribute to their communities,” Biden said. “I am also commuting the sentences of 75 people who are serving long sentences for non-violent drug offenses, many of whom have been serving on home confinement during the COVID-pandemic—and many of whom would have received a lower sentence if they were charged with the same offense today, thanks to the bipartisan First Step Act.”

According to the Associated Press, Former Secret Service agent Abraham W. Bolden, 86, Betty Jo Bogans, 51, and Dexter Jackson, 52, are among others who have received pardons. Bolden served on a presidential detail and was charged with attempting to sell a Secret Service file in 1964. He has since maintained his innocence throughout the years. However, Bolden claims that he was singled out due to his outspokenness against the agency.
Biden added, “While today’s announcement marks important progress, my administration will continue to review clemency petitions and deliver reforms that advance equity and justice, provide second chances, and enhance the wellbeing and safety of all Americans.”

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