|Prof. Mark Osler|
Osler notes the "over-incarceration" resulting from the War on Drugs "has been so extensive, so racially disparate, and so inefficient at addressing any actual problem that the eight commutations issued last week barely made a mark. They represent the first lifeboat off a sinking ship." He then encourages the President to "follow President Ford’s example and establish a special, temporary board outside of the Department of Justice to expedite these cases." The current system for evaluating clemency requests "has not worked for the last several presidents" because the process is "lodged firmly within the Department of Justice," am institution "well suited to the task." See full editorial here.