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Biden Pardons 11, Commutes Sentences of 5 Others

Wednesday, 24 April 2024 11:09 AM EDT

President Joe Biden on Wednesday pardoned 11 people and commuted the sentences of five others who had been convicted of non-violent drug offenses, the White House said, the latest in a series of such actions.

"Many of these individuals received disproportionately longer sentences than they would have under current law, policy, and practice," Biden said in a statement.

The United States has less than 5% of the world's population but a fifth of its prisoners. Last year the White House unveiled a plan to reduce "unnecessary" incarcerations, support rehabilitation for imprisoned people and help those getting out of prison re-enter society more successfully.

The White House said one of those pardoned by Biden is Dr. Katrina Polk, 54, of Washington, who pleaded guilty to a non-violent drug offense at the age of 18. Polk served her sentence, completed the terms of her supervised release and went on to earn a PhD in public policy and administration.

Last December Biden reduced the prison terms of 11 people serving decades-long sentences for non-violent drug charges and pardoned potentially thousands of others with federal or Washington, D.C., marijuana possession offenses.

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President Joe Biden on Wednesday pardoned 11 people and commuted the sentences of five others who had been convicted of non-violent drug offenses, the White House said, the latest in a series of such actions
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Wednesday, 24 April 2024 11:09 AM
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