Monday, June 12, 2017

Obama's Phenomenal 0.0005189 Recidivism Rate

FOX News reports that one of President Obama's clemency recipients has, quite tragically, run afoul of the law, once again. USA Today is all over this major story as well. It's the kind of thing the news media can never tire of.

It is also forever red meat to politicians who understand very little about clemency, the collateral consequences of conviction, the need for broad criminal justice reform, etc. But, by God, they know how to push buttons for those equally ignorant and ready to point fingers / make political hay. The "I told you so"s will appear from every worm hole.

We, on the other hand, note President Obama granted 212 pardons and 1,715 commutations of sentence. This case of "recidivism" represents 0.0005189 percent of Obama's clemency grants.

What a remarkable record! Dear Media: Discuss.

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