Obama announced 330 more commutations, for nonviolent drug offenders, bringing his total number of clemencies to 1,715. He has granted commutations to more people than the past 12 presidents combined, including 568 inmates with life sentences. He has granted 212 pardons. His final group of clemencies was the most Obama granted in a day and the most granted on one day in U.S. history.
The large majority of sentences Obama commuted Thursday — and in total — were those that came from nonviolent drug offenses.
If these are Obama’s final acts of clemency that would apparently close the door on such an action for former American prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has asked Obama for a pardon, Justice Department officials told CNN in December.
Bergdahl faces charges for leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009. His court-martial is scheduled for February 6.