8-14-16: President Obama shortens sentences for 214 federal prisoners
6-3-16: The President has commuted the sentences of 348 individuals, for a total of 562 on these two days alone; more than the previous seven Presidents combined.
Reason??? Claiming many were low-level crimes. Obama remains committed to using his clemency power throughout the remainder of the Administration to give more deserving individuals that same second chance. I am wondering what he considers deserving? If only 10 people died using the illegal drug and not 15, possibly that would be considered deserving???
I will agree that there are some unjust sentences handed down through the court systems but releasing 1,000’s of prisoners at a time with the blink of one person’s eye does not make sense to me. When someone is sitting in the Big Chair, they do not have to be accountable to anyone.
America is releasing 6,000 federal inmates in an unprecedented action
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The US Justice Department is set to release about 6,000 prisoners early in the largest one-time release of federal inmates, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
The release, scheduled for between October 30 and November 2, is an effort to reduce overcrowding and provide relief to drug offenders who received harsh sentences over the past three decades, the newspaper said. What is considered a harsh sentence??
The prisoners that were released are a mix of robbers – rapists – drug dealers and an assortment of other crimes committed . The government likes to label them as low-level criminals to try to justify their early releases.
In essence, what the government is telling us, the finding of the courts and the jury doesn’t make a difference. All that time and expense to bring these people to justice was all for naught.
Low-level crimes?? In a snowballing effect, how many people and their families were directly or indirectly affected, some possibly even were killed or died as a result of these LOW-LEVEL crimes.
Obama is not the first president to let the bad guys go but since his time in office he has released more prisoners than all of the 7 past presidents combined. Is there some kind of hidden compassion for these criminals that the public can not see??
I often wondered if drug dealers ever stop to consider that the people they sell their poison to are the same people who are selling the garbage to their kids and grand-kids?? With their mentality, it may not make a difference to them.
I know that I am old school but I do not think it is appropriate to give any prisoner an early release unless there is a discrepancy in their conviction. What is the purpose of having a trial?? Time off for good behavior, yes – early release, no!!
How do the families of the victims fell about this gift the president is giving to the person that screwed up their family’s life??
What is the recidivism rate for the convicts that get early release you may ask.
National Statistics on Recidivism
Bureau of Justice Statistics studies have found high rates of recidivism among released prisoners (not early released prisoners but I would assume the statistic are close). One study tracked 404,638 prisoners in 30 states after their release from prison in 2005. The researchers found that:
- Within three years of release, about two-thirds (67.8 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested.
- Within five years of release, about three-quarters (76.6 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested.
- Of those prisoners who were rearrested, more than half (56.7 percent) were arrested by the end of the first year.
- Property offenders were the most likely to be rearrested, with 82.1 percent of released property offenders arrested for a new crime compared with 76.9 percent of drug offenders, 73.6 percent of public order offenders and 71.3 percent of violent offenders.
Those are not very encourging numbers.
I guess if any person would willfuly release terrorists from Gitmo and send them back to their own country, knowing they will re-engage in their past lifestyles, early release from federal prison is child’s play.