One-third of President Obama's clemency actions have been drug-related, a higher rate of drug-crime forgiveness than other recent presidents.
On Friday, the White House released information about Obama's first pardons in more than a year. With 17 new pardons for minor offenses, the president's total number of commutations and pardons is 40 — 13 of which forgave people who committed crimes related to cocaine or marijuana.
Obama has offered the lowest rate of clemency among modern presidents.
Two new pardons among the 17 released today include drug charges:
Fifteen percent of his total number of pardons have involved marijuana charges, and 17.5 percent have involved cocaine. ...
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