President Joe Biden commuted or pardoned sentences of 75 people in prison for especially nonviolent drug offenses, as an event moment during Second Chance Month. “America is a nation of laws and second chances, redemption, and rehabilitation. Elected officials on both sides of the aisle, faith leaders, civil rights advocates, and law enforcement leaders agree that our criminal justice system can and should reflect these core values that enable safer and stronger communities,”the President wrote in a statement. Former President Donald Trump had been the first US president to observe Second Chance Month in 2018. This is a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction, and unlock second-chance opportunities for many people. Having a criminal record in the U.S. limits access to education, jobs, housing, and other things necessary for a productive life. Berween those who will have a lower sentence ia a once-promising boxer Julian Burford from Northeast Ohio convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The President also pardoned Abraham Bolden, a Black former Secret Service agent.
The Biden administration will also unveil “a comprehensive strategy that expands Incarceration to Employment opportunities,” including new programs from the Department of Justice, the Department of Labor, the Small Business Administration, the Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Transportation, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, the Education Department and the Department of Commerce.