Biden Grants Clemency to 78 People

US President Joe Biden announced his first round of presidential pardons, commuting the sentences of 75 nonviolent drug offenders.

“America is a nation of laws and second chances, redemption, and rehabilitation. Elected officials on both sides of the aisle, faith leaders, civil rights advocates, and law enforcement leaders agree that our criminal justice system can and should reflect these core values that enable safer and stronger communities,” Biden said in a statement released by the White House. 

According to a White House fact sheet, Biden will pardon Abraham W. Bolden Sr., an 86-year-old former Secret Service agent and the first African American to serve on presidential detail.

Bolden was charged with charges in 1964 relating to the attempted sale of a copy of a Secret Service file. 

Bolden was refused a new trial after his first trial ended in a hung jury, and he was sentenced to federal prison after being convicted at a second trial, despite key witnesses against him admitting to lying at the prosecutor’s request.

Betty Jo Bogans, 51, of Houston, and Dexter Eugene Jackson, 52, of Athens, Georgia, will also be pardoned for drug convictions that were not violent.

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