Advocates for criminal justice reform argue 2020 candidates aren’t spending enough time discussing clemency. Inmates are behind bars who shouldn’t be, they say, and the next president has the power to change that without Congress. Senator Cory Booker brought attention to the issue at the Democratic presidential debate earlier this month, saying if he were elected president, he would commute the sentences of roughly 17,000 non-violent drug offenders on his first day. Booker first proposed the idea in June to reduce sentences for those who would have received less time if guidelines under the First Step Act — passed in December 2018 — had been in effect. “If 87 members of the United States Senate say these sentences are way too long — and we changed it — but we didn’t make it retroactive, we could literally point to the people that are in jail unjustly right now,” Booker said at the debate in Houston. Clemency is a broad term for the president’s constitutional power to grant leniency in federal cases. There are two kinds: a commutation shortens the amount of time spent behind bars and a pardon “forgives” someone’s conviction after a sentence is served. Clemency has historically been… Read full this story
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