Proponents of drug sentencing reforms deemed necessary to alleviate the perceived harshness of the so-called War on Drugs likely have a jump in their step these days, owing to a recent announcement made by United States Attorney General Eric Holder.
If Holder’s words ring true and his projections pan out, the message he delivered earlier this week might someday be termed “The Myth of the Reluctant President.”
Here’s why. Thus far in his presidency, President Obama has unquestionably been a reluctant executive when it comes to using his clemency powers to free select prisoners convicted of drug crimes from incarceration or cut short their terms.
In fact, he has been downright stingy, granting clemency only 10 times in five-plus years.