Biden Takes First Action on Clemency Powers Since Elected

Biden Takes First Action on Clemency Powers Since Elected
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<![CDATA[Before elected president, Joe Biden reaffirmed his position that “No one should be in jail because of cannabis use,” during his campaign trail in 2020. Nearly a year and a half after he took office, those seeking justice for cannabis-related convictions as a $24-billion state-legal industry unfolded in 2021 began to wonder if his comments were just for show—Biden did not use his clemency powers once. But the president turned a page on April 26, announcing that he is granting clemency to 78 individuals. Biden will pardon three people “who have demonstrated their commitment to rehabilitation” and are striving to be contributing members of society. Also, he is commuting the sentences of 75 people who are serving long sentences for non-violent drug offenses. Many of the 75 people Biden plans to pardon would have received lower sentences if they were charged with the same offenses today, he said in a White House statement. “America is a nation of laws and second chances, redemption, and rehabilitation,” Biden said in the statement. “Elected officials on both sides of the aisle, faith leaders, civil rights advocates, and law enforcement leaders agree that our criminal justice system can and should reflect these core values that enable safer and stronger communities. During Second Chance Month, I am using my authority under the Constitution to uphold those values by pardoning and commuting the sentences of fellow Americans.” Among the three people Biden is pardoning is Dexter Eugene Jackson, a 52-year-old of Athens, Ga., who was convicted in 2002 for using his business to facilitate the distribution of cannabis. Jackson was not personally involved in trafficking but allowed distributors to use his pool hall to enable cannabis transactions. He pled guilty to the charge and accepted full responsibility, according to the White House’s clemency recipient list. Many of the 75…

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