The first question was as soft as a softball could be: had Sanders thought about how he, as president, might use the pardon power? His answer; "A little bit. We have too many people in jail" and they are "disproportionately African American." Does candidate Sanders know pardons very rarely ever spring anyone from jail? A little bit indeed!
Saunders then brought up the stumbling and bumbling of the Department of Justice and Clemency Project 2014. In response, Sanders could only offer up a lame version of the administration's straw man: there are problems ...
“above and beyond commutations. The issue is how we reduce our prison population. The more profound issue is how do we make sure that young people do not end up in jail.”Of course, everyone recognizes there are many problems in this world. And there is no such person therein who believes the pardon power will cure them all ... or even most of them.
Saunders concludes, correctly, that Sanders "has not given much thought to presidential pardons." He is, perhaps, too "busy." So, she takes some time out in an editorial to introduce him to it! You will want to read that here,