Wednesday, December 9, 2015

On Matter of Mercy, Obama Can’t Blame GOP for Gridlock

The president can act unilaterally today to bring long-awaited justice to drug offenders.

Whenev­er Pres­id­ent Obama or his al­lies com­plain about GOP obstacles to his lib­er­al agenda, I think of the ra­cial dis­par­it­ies in pris­on sen­tences for drug of­fend­ers. Obama has ab­so­lute and un­dis­puted power to par­don or com­mute the sen­tences of people jailed un­der sen­tences that the Su­preme Court and Con­gress later deemed to be ex­cess­ive.

But he’s done little to help.


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