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DPA's Tony Papa on Democracy Now: Obama, Pardons and Turkeys

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Published on Dec 4, 2013

Anthony Papa, manager of media relations for the Drug Policy Alliance who is an artist, writer and author of 15 to Life, (www.15tolife.com) who was imprisoned for 12 years until he was granted executive clemency in 1997 is interviewed by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now on December 1, 2013.

Overview of the segment:As President Obama continued a recent tradition of granting a presidential pardon to a pair of turkeys just ahead of Thanksgiving, critics pointed out that he has shown less mercy towards human beings deserving of clemency. Despite the administration's recent talk of reforming the criminal justice system, Obama has granted the fewest pardons of any modern president. During his presidency, Obama has pardoned 10 turkeys, while he has pardoned or commuted the sentences of only 39 people. According to an analysis last year by ProPublica, which studied applications for pardons processed by the Justice Department, Obama has granted clemency to just 2 percent of applicants. Of the 39 pardons Obama has granted, just 11 have been for people convicted of drug crimes. To see full interview go to http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/2... (video)

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