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The Washington Post has a discussion of Obama's pardons and commutations. With the 209 sentences commuted yesterday, Obama has now commuted the sentences of 1,385 people, more than any other president in American history. He has also granted 212 pardons.
The vast majority of the commutations are for reduced sentences for non-violent drug offenses. And of course they only apply to federal sentences. Many people feel that the federal guidelines for drug offenses are too harsh, and Obama is only reducing those sentences for those incarcerated who have not been involved in any violent crimes. What we really need is for Congress to change the sentencing guidelines for drug offenses, but that will never happen under a Trump administration.
Likewise, the Chelsea Manning sentence of 35 years seems harsh compared to other sentenced in the past. Watching Maddow and others it appears that most of the sentences for leaking have been in the order of 2 years or so. Considering the cooperation and admission of guilt by Private Manning at the time, the 35 year penalty seemed harsh.
If Clinton had been elected, then maybe Obama would have left the decision to commute to her. But with Trump in charge, there would be no chance. That may have been a factor as well as the fact that she was suicidal and an extra burden on the government.
It certainly appears though that Republicans are near unanimous in their condemnation of Obama's actions. For many of them, Chelsea Manning could rot in prison for the rest of her life, and even then that would not be enough. It just illustrates how the Republican mind works.