HONOLULU (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has pardoned 78 people and shortened the sentence of 153 others convicted of federal crimes. It’s the most number of individual clemencies in a single day by any president.READ MORE: Is DFW The New Mecca For High School Hoops?
Obama has been granting commutations at rapid-fire pace in his final months in office, but he has focused primarily on shortening sentences rather than pardons. Pardons amount to forgiveness of a crime that removes restrictions on the right to vote and lessens the conviction stigma.READ MORE: Man And Woman Shot Outside Arlington Barber Shop
Neil Eggleston, Obama’s White House counsel, says Obama has now pardoned a total of 148 people during his presidency and has shortened the sentences of 1,176 people, including 395 serving life sentences.MORE NEWS: Postal Service Says Its Ready To Deliver This Holiday Season With New, Faster Sorting Machines
Eggleston says the clemency actions exemplify Obama’s belief that America is a nation of second chances.