President Biden will on Tuesday granted clemency to 78 people, pardoning three and commuted the sentences of 75 others, as part of the White House’s Second Chance Month.
“America is a nation of laws and second chances, redemption, and rehabilitation,” Biden said in a statement shared with CNN. “During Second Chance Month, I am using my authority under the Constitution to uphold those values by pardoning and commuting the sentences of fellow Americans.”
Among those being granted a pardon is Abraham W. Bolden Sr., an 86-year-old former Secret Service agent and the first African American to serve on a presidential detail, according to a White House fact sheet.
The 75 who received a full pardon are serving time for nonviolent drug offenses.
Bolden was convicted of charges of attempting to sell a copy of a Secret Service file. Witnesses for the prosecution later admitted to lying at the request of prosecutors. Bolden says he was “targeted for prosecution” in retaliation for exposing unprofessional and racist behavior within the Secret Services, CNN also reports.