While millions of Americans, disproportionately people of color, suffer the consequences of an unfair justice system, President Trump is pardoning the crimes or commuting the sentences of proven corrupters. It includes former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was a celebrity apprentice on Trump’s TV show before he went to jail for trying to sell the Senate seat of Barack Obama after he was elected President, tax fraud Bernard Kerik, who was the police chief under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, now Trump’s personal lawyer, and junk bond king Michael Milken, convicted of securities fraud. Trump also publicly pressured his Justice Department to reduce sentencing of political operative Roger Stone, who was convicted of lying to Congress and obstructing justice.
As a nation, we have often abused poor people and people of color through our justice system, effectively imprisoning them without trial through excessive bail requirements, racially profiling them in order to fund police departments and court systems with excessive fines and fees, and over-incarceration of people of color for non-violent crimes like drug possession. Let’s hope that the next president begins undoing the immoral damage we have done through the misapplication of justice.