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Biden Takes His First Actions on Clemency with Three Pardons and Seventy-Five Commutations

NPR: Carrie Johnson and Ayana Archie | April 26, 2022

President Biden is taking his first actions on clemency since he entered the White House, pardoning three people and shortening the prison terms of 75 more on Tuesday.

White House officials say the president thinks too many people — many of them Black and brown — are serving unduly long sentences for drug crimes. The pardons and commutations are part of a broader White House effort to make the criminal justice system more fair , which was a key goal of Biden's 2020 presidential campaign.

Many of those whose sentences Biden shortened have already been on home confinement and also would have received shorter sentences under new drug laws.

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