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Joe Biden Caught Red-Handed Misleading Americans About the Number of People Given Clemency While He Was VP

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden falsely claimed that 18,000 people were granted clemency during the Obama administration when he was vice president.

During an NBC News town hall Monday evening, host Lester Holt questioned Biden’s record on criminal justice reform.

Holt said that President Donald Trump “points out the criminal justice reform bill. You and Barack Obama served at a time when you had both houses of Congress and still couldn’t get some of these things done.”

“Yeah, we did,” Biden responded. “We let — 18,000 people were, got clemency.”

That’s actually close to the number of people who were denied clemency during his time in office — and only a small fraction of the number granted it.

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Clemency is a way for government officials to lessen the penalties for prisoners in specific instances, and it is typically used for those with nonviolent criminal offenses.

Although the Obama administration granted 1,927 clemencies while in office, it also denied 18,749 clemency requests, along with 506 pardons.


Both the granted and denied figures in the Obama administration were higher than any previous president.

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Even though this was just another Biden gaffe, his comment should be used to take a closer look at the Democrat’s criminal justice reform record.

Biden was a sponsor of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which many say is partially responsible for issues within the federal criminal justice system today.

The bill created tough new criminal sentences, including 60 offenses that could be punishable by the death penalty, and led to an increase in incarceration rates for the next 14 years, according to the ACLU.

By comparison, President Donald Trump has made criminal justice reform a key part of his agenda.

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In 2018, the president signed the First Step Act, landmark legislation designed to decrease the federal prison population and reform sentencing laws.

The Trump administration also created the Federal Interagency Crime Prevention and Improving Reentry Council and expanded Pell Grants to inmates.

Although the left claims the United States has systematic oppression in its institutions, it is supporting Biden, who has perpetuated that system during his 47 years in public office.

Someone does not have to like Trump to understand that he has a better record on criminal justice reform in four years than Biden in more than four decades.

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Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Orange County, California. His "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News, and has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Orange County, California. In 2017 as a school project, he founded YoungNotStupid.com, which has grown exponentially since its founding. He has interviewed several notable conservative figures, including Dave Rubin, Peggy Grande and Madison Cawthorn.

In September 2020, Cameron joined The Western Journal as a Commentary Writer, where he has written articles on topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the "Recall Gavin Newsom" effort and the 2020 election aftermath. The "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News, and has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
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