Trump hosts forgiveness a turkey on Tuesday at the White House. Photograph: Loren Elliott/ Reuters
Prasad believes that some officials merely pay lip-service to wanting to end mass incarceration because it polls well, but would rather take a photo with a turkey than actually act on it. Decriminalizing marijuana has taken centre stage as a policy to stop mass incarceration, for example- yet the discussion on pardoning those who are already serving time for said crimes is scant.
” It’s politically safe to pardon turkeys. I guess it seems innocuous but it’s really a sad mockery that there are thousands of people in each state, sitting in prison, serving horrifically long sentences unjustly who really do need clemency .”
” The governor can just sign a piece of paper and free them, but they would rather take the photo op with the turkey ,” he said.
Donald Trump has given commutations to twice as many people( six) as he has turkeys( three) since he became president. He has restored the rights of 17 people since he took office.
This piece was amended on 27 November 2019 to remove language that was wrongly attributed to Governor Doug Burgum.