US President Barack Obama on Monday pardoned 78 people, and commuted the sentences of 153 others.
The White House noted that this is the most individual acts of clemency granted in a single day by any president in the nation’s history. With today’s 153 commutations, Obama has now commuted the sentences of 1,176 individuals, including 395 life sentences.
President also granted pardons to 78 individuals, bringing his total number of pardons to 148.
“Today’s acts of clemency — and the mercy the President has shown his 1,324 clemency recipients — exemplify his belief that America is a nation of second chances,” the White House said.