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Biden Set to Pardon and Reduce Selective Prison Sentences

The president of the USA, Joe Biden, has issued the first set of pardons during his term. He is due to pardon the sentences of three people and reduce the prison sentence to 75.

When Biden was campaigning to be elected for president in 2020, he had made a promise to reduce the number of prisoners and for those sentenced for non-violent drug crimes to receive quality treatment.

It is predominantly for non-violent drug crimes. According to The Guardian, one of the people pardoned is Betty Jo Bogans. At 51 years of age, she will be pardoned for a crime she was convicted of in 1998. She had crack cocaine in her possession with the intention of selling it in Texas. She was under arrest for her attempt to transport drugs to her boyfriend, and she served a total of seven years for this smuggling attempt.

The second person due to receive a pardon is 52-year old Dexter Jackson who allowed cannabis distributors to make use of his pool hall.

Biden will also be pardoning Abraham Bolden official the 86-year-old official first Black Secret Service detail who was one of many protecting John F Kennedy.

In response to the pardons and reductions, Biden declared:: “America is a nation of laws and second chances, redemption and rehabilitation.” However, a few of those with a sentence reduction were on house arrest due to the pandemic.

Biden's argument for the commutations is that if these individuals committed the same crime. Today, they would have received a lower sentence.

There are now several programs designed to help in the adaptation of incarcerated people and those who are due to be released soon. The White House has also introduced a 145 million dollar training program for those in federal prisons.

According to The Guardian, Biden said: “Helping those who served their time return to their families and became contributing members of their communities is one of the most effective ways to reduce recidivism and decrease crime.”

As the United States population of prisoners globally, Biden is making a change and releasing those who are now rightfully free.

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