Senator David Perdue Statement On Obama’s Dangerous Clemency

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after President Obama reduced prison sentences for 214 felons—of which approximately one in four are serving time for criminal gun charges:

“Law abiding Americans are apoplectic with the lack of law and order we have seen during President Obama's tenure. Yesterday, President Obama commuted the sentences of 214 convicted felons—including 67 who were serving life sentences. President Obama’s criminal leniency is unprecedented in modern times—he has commuted more sentences than the past nine presidents combined. This is a drop in the bucket when compared to the 46,000 reduced sentences already authorized by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

“The U.S. Sentencing Commission is in the process of releasing 46,000 drug trafficking offenders, which is half of the drug trafficking offenders in federal prison and about 25 percent of the total federal prison population. All of this comes at a time when our nation is in the midst of a heroin and opioid epidemic. President Obama may take pride in his criminal leniency legacy, but law-abiding citizens do not. It is time to restore law and order in this country so we can keep American families safe and our country secure.”

Senator Perdue has been a vocal opponent of the current Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, legislation that would let dangerous felons—like some of the criminals who were granted clemency by President Obama yesterday—out of prison early. When this bill was first debated in the Senate Judiciary Committee last October, Senator Perdue introduced amendments to protect victims and communities, but ultimately these amendments were not adopted and the current bill is still dangerous for America.