President Joe Biden has granted the first three pardons of his term.
Kennedy-era Secret Service agent convicted of bribery for trying to sell a copy of an agency file and to two people.
“America is a nation of laws and second chances, redemption, and rehabilitation,” Biden said in a statement announcing the clementines.
Abraham Bolden, 86, the first Black Secret Service agent to serve on a presidential detail.
Bolden, of Chicago, was denied a retrial and served several years in federal prison. Following his conviction in a second trial, key witnesses admitted lying at the prosecutor’s request.
Bolden has maintained his innocence and wrote a book in which he argued he was targeted for speaking out against racist and unprofessional behavior in the Secret Service.
Betty Jo Bogans, 51, was convicted in 1998 of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine in Texas after attempting to transport drugs for her boyfriend.
Bogans, a single mother with no prior record, received a seven-year sentence.
In the years since her release from prison, even while undergoing cancer treatment, and has raised a son.
Dexter Jackson , 52, of Athens, Georgia, was convicted in 2002 for using his pool hall to facilitate the trafficking of marijuana.
pleaded guilty and acknowledged he allowed his business to be used by marijuana dealers. After Jackson was released from prison, he converted his business into a cellphone repair service center.
Jackson has built and renovated homes in his community, which has a shortage of affordable housing.
The Republican used his pardon authority to help several political friends and allies. White House to commute sentences and work harder to reduce disparities in the criminal justice system.
Biden has issued more grants of clemency than any of the previous five presidents at this point in their terms, according to the White House.
White House to commute sentences and work harder to reduce disparities in the criminal justice system.