President Donald Trump used his power to grant pardons to free five people convicted of various crimes. All the cases were promoted by Alice Johnson, a strong advocate of prison reform and an ally of the president. The five people have dramatically improved their outlook on life and have even helped many people inside prison. 

According to Breibart, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, President Trump’s decision came about because of the changes these people showed in their prison journey. The pardon was only possible “in light of the decisions these people have made after their convictions to improve their lives and the lives of others while they were incarcerated.”

President Trump, who believes that the prison system must be truly built to bring about the reintegration of convicts and not as an act of revenge on them, has granted pardons to 27 people and clemency to 16 others since taking office. 

Among these people is Alice Johnson, an African American woman who received a full pardon from President Trump in August and has been fighting for forgiveness for several men and women who, she said, “have served their time and learned from their mistakes.”

President Trump repeatedly accused former Vice President Joe Biden of marking the beginning of a “dark period in American legal history” by pushing through the 1994 anti-crime bill that produced a wave of mass imprisonment.

“Super Predator was the term associated with the 1994 Crime Bill that Sleepy Joe Biden was so heavily involved in passing. That was a dark period in American History, but has Sleepy Joe apologized? No!” President Trump wrote on his Twitter account in May 2019.

In another tweet, President Trump also targeted Biden on the same issue, assuring that African Americans will not vote for people associated with the 1994 Anti-Crime Bill. He noted that many black people have been imprisoned with extreme penalties for undeserved crimes as a result of this legislation. 

Interestingly, even candidate Biden’s current Democratic allies criticized him for his involvement in the legislation. Among them, vice president candidate Kamala Harris and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. 

“That crime bill was one of the foundations of mass incarceration in a very painful era in our nation’s history. The [former] vice president and anyone else has to be accountable for every vote they take and what’s on their record, and I think that was a huge mistake,” de Blasio told CNN in May of last year.