At the end of his term, Obama released 589 prisoners in 2016, including a record 231 prison inmates in a single day. Now one of them is going back to prison for violating her supervised release terms.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Woman Granted Clemency by Obama Ordered Back to Prison
A woman who was sentenced to life in prison in 2006 but was granted clemency last year by President Barack Obama has been ordered back to prison after being arrested for theft and violating the terms of her supervised release, the Department of Justice announced on Thursday.
Carol Denise Richardson, who was initially arrested for her role in a crack cocaine ring, had her sentence commuted by Obama on March 30, 2016 after serving just under 10 years of her sentence. Richardson was released from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons on July 28, 2016, and placed under supervised release for a period of 10 years.
Less than a year later, Richardson has been ordered to return to federal prison after committing five separate violations of her supervised released terms, the DOJ says.
. . . . U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison, who gave Richardson her initial sentence back in 2006, ordered her back to federal prison for 14 months after a Thursday hearing.
“This defendant was literally given a second chance to become a productive member of society and has wasted it,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted Imperato. “She has clearly shown a willful disregard for the law and must face the consequences for her crimes and actions.”…
Richardson was just one of 589 prisoners granted clemency by Obama in 2016, which saw the most sentences commuted in a single year since 1920.
Putting convicted felons back on the street before they’ve served their sentence is a BAD IDEA.