President Biden Issues First Pardons, Including First Black to Serve on a Presidential Detail
May 5, 2022
On April 26, President Biden used his pardon powers as President for the first time.
The White House announced three pardons and the commuted sentences of 75 nonviolent drug offenders. The move by President Biden follows calls by justice reform activists to use the pardon power to correct disproportionate justice impacting minorities in the U.S.
Biden's pardon list included Abraham Bolden, Sr., an 86-year-old former U.S. Secret Service agent who was the first African American to serve on a presidential detail.
"In 1964, Mr. Bolden was charged with offenses related to attempting to sell a...