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Eric Holder’s the one who needs a pardon after clemency message disaster

Attorney General Eric Holder recently revealed that the Justice Department is expanding its guidelines for convicted felons seeking clemency (often called a “pardon” or “commutation of sentence”). “But there are still too many people in federal prison who were sentenced under the old regime -- and who, as a result, will have to spend far more time in prison than they would if sentenced today for exactly the same crime.”Holder’s announcement was a messaging disaster. He fed the common misconception that clemency is only for people who want to get out of prison. Headlines read, “Thousands of prisoners could qualify for clemency,” and “Obama seeks wider authority to release drug offenders.”“Release the prisoners” messaging does not bode well with most Americans. Rather than focus on current inmates and blame “the old regime,” Holder should have spoken about the administration’s desire to pardon millions of Americans who never served a day in prison yet live as convicted felons for a crime...

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