Commutations

Pardon Me

Kim Kardashian apparently persuaded Trump to release an incarcerated woman from prison

Trump has been keeping up the kommutations
Carter Sherman
6.6.18
crime

After 20 Years in Prison for Crack, Bobby Reed Caught a Break

A Drug War prisoner VICE met behind bars was one of the last people granted clemency by President Obama.
Allie Conti
1.19.17
crime

Why I Rejected President Obama's Clemency Offer

Arnold Ray Jones is doing time for crack, but despite getting an offer of early release from the White House, he's high on Trump.
Casey Tolan
1.19.17
politics

How Significant Are Obama's 1,385 Commutations?

President Obama has commuted more prison sentences during his presidency than the total number of commutations issued by the past 12 presidents combined. But when you compare the percentage of commutations to the overall prison population, his record...
Kimberly Lawson
1.18.17
crime & drugs

Two Guys Are Serving Life in Prison for Weed — But Obama Is Letting Them Out Early

The president granted clemency to 95 non-violent drug offenders on Friday, including two men serving life sentences for marijuana offenses.
Tess Owen
12.19.15
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Obama Shortened the Sentences of 95 Prisoners Today

Most of them are serving time for nonviolent drug offenses.
VICE Staff
12.18.15
News

We Talked to One of the 46 Inmates Barack Obama Ordered Released from Prison

One of "Obama's Lucky 46" told VICE about how he heard he was getting out and what he plans to do now.
Seth Ferranti and Robert Rosso
7.21.15
News

What Federal Inmates Are Saying About ​President Obama's Plan to Visit a Prison Today

"Obama once said that if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin... Well, there's a whole lotta peoples in here who look like Trayvon, his uncle, his daddy, and all his relatives."
Seth Ferranti and Robert Rosso
7.16.15
politics

Obama Outlines Criminal Justice Reform Plan After Year of Police Killings and Protests

In a speech Tuesday at the NAACP convention in Philadelphia, the president announced wide-ranging proposals to "fix a broken system."
Liz Fields
7.15.15
Vice Blog

Why Won't Obama Let More Drug Offenders Out of Jail Early?

Since the Eisenhower years, presidents have tended to relegate granting clemency to the holiday season, treating pardons like gifts. Unless something changes soon, President Obama will go down as one of the shittiest Santas in history.
Allie Conti
12.23.14