President Obama today commuted the sentences of another 79 drug dealers, continuing a project that has gained new urgency with the election of Donald Trump, who is unlikely to offer such leniency.
According to Politico, Obama has now granted more than 1,000 communications, more than the last 11 presidents combined.
“It makes no sense for a nonviolent drug offender to be serving decades, or sometimes life, in prison,” Obama said in a Facebook post. “That’s not serving taxpayers, and it’s not serving the public safety.”
Well, that depends on the definition of “nonviolent.” More than a few of those whose sentences were commuted were in possession of a firearm while committing their crimes, they just didn’t use it, or didn’t get a chance to.