President Joe Biden has just commuted the sentences of 31 individuals who were in prison for drug crimes.
The White House made the announcement on Friday, April 28.
"Today, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is commuting the sentences of 31 individuals," the announcement reads.
The announcement then goes on to list each of the 31 recipients of the clemency. The announcement also lists each individual's offense, sentence, and commutation grant.
It appears that all of the commutations were of individuals who were convicted of non-violent drug offenses.
Rogelio Murillo, of Riverview, Florida, for example, was convicted of "possession with intent to distribute a quantity exceeding 100 kilograms, that is, approximately 194 kilograms of marijuana."
Murillo, accordingly, was sentenced to "108 months of imprisonment, five-year term of supervised release, $5,000 fine (June 20, 2016)."
Now, however, as the result of Biden commuting his sentence, Murillo's sentence will "expire on June 30, 2023, with the remainder to be served in home confinement, leaving intact and in effect the five-year term of supervised release and the unpaid remainder, if any, of the $5,000 fine."
Murillo's case is a representative example of the other 30 commutations issued by Biden. All of their sentences will be suspended on June 30; all will complete their prison sentences in their homes; and none will have to pay the remainder of their fines.
According to ABC News, "the commutations came as the White House announced a set of policy actions across 20 different agencies meant to improve the criminal justice system, which disproportionately affects Black and other non-white communities."
That just about sums the matter up.
The plan is an effort to expand health care access, affordable housing and education, and make it easier for those who have been mixed up in the system to get jobs, higher education, and vote. The effort includes a plan to make more grants available for people who need funding for education, and small business loans.
In conjunction with this plan, outgoing domestic policy adviser Susan Rice released a statement, claiming, "by investing in crime prevention and a fairer criminal justice system, we can tackle the root causes of crime, improve individual and community outcomes, and ease the burden on police."
It appears that the Democrats are resorting to their classic stratagem of claiming money is the cause and thus the solution to every problem. Except, this time, the Democrats are coupling this strategy with their other plan to decriminalize as much criminal behavior as they believe they could get away with.