Biden’s First Pardons Include Drug Offenders And A History-Making Black Secret Service Agent

President Joe Biden has issued the first pardons and commutations of his presidency. On Tuesday, the president pardoned three individuals and commuted federal sentences of 75 more. While pardons are often aimed at showing compassion or redressing mistakes in individual cases, Biden’s choices were specifically made to be part of a larger, more systemic reevaluation of how the criminal justice system works in the U.S.

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