Biden grants clemency to 16 nonviolent drug offenders

A nursing student, a truck driver, and a mother are among the 16 people who were pardoned or have had their sentences commuted by President Joe Biden.

Biden has made a concerted effort during his administration to grant clemency to people who were imprisoned for nonviolent drug offenses, including Katrina Polk. Polk, 54, of Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty to such an offense when she was 18 but since her release has earned her Ph.D. in public policy and administration.

Wednesday’s announcements come as more Democratic-run cities, from New York City to Oregon, reintroduce tough-on-crime measures amid a post-pandemic spike in violent incidents.

Here is the full clemency list, as provided by the White House:

President Joe Biden is pardoning the following 11 individuals:

Jason Hernandez — McKinney, Texas
Jason Hernandez is a 47-year-old man who was convicted of several nonviolent
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