The Man Who Ran Obama’s Clemency Machine
The Marshall Project
February 14, 2017

“From one angle, former President Barack Obama was the most merciful president in U.S. history, granting commutations to more than 1,700 federal prisoners. As a president who took issue broadly with the country’s incarceration rate, he viewed clemency as way he could push back, writing last month in the Harvard Law Review that ‘clemency power represents an important and underutilized tool for advancing reform.’”

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