Obama Frees 100s of More Felons. Don’t Buy the Line They’re All Nonviolent.

drgsgnsIf the felons Obama is freeing were merely drug dealers, does anyone really believe they would have been sentenced to life in prison for that crime?

Obama commuted the sentences of another round of felons on Wednesday, saying, “All of the individuals receiving commutation today — incarcerated under outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws — embody the president’s belief that ‘America is a nation of second chances.’”

The 214 freed bring the total up to 562 commutations under his administration, more than the past nine presidents combined. The administration referred to it as “the largest batch of commutations on a single day in more than a century.” Of the total sentences he has commuted so far, over 200 were life sentences, including 67 in this last round. Most of the 214 are scheduled to be released on December 1.

However, as I’ve explained before, no one is incarcerated for run-of-the-mill drug crimes like smoking pot. And even sentences that look like they are for drugs or selling drugs are really a way of allowing the prosecutor to give the defendant a break from sentencing him or her to a more serious crime like robbery or theft, which very often accompanies drug crimes.

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