The Case for Clemency

A recent article about the need for clemency, especially in this age of mass incarceration.

"How we proceed with clemency is not just about how we treat thousands of prisoners like Jason Hernandez, it is about how we treat ourselves. According to Shakespeare’s most famous courtroom speech, mercy “blesseth him that gives and him that takes: ‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes the throned monarch better than his crown.” With an expansion of the pardon power, we have the opportunity to rule ourselves as monarchs, with all the magnanimity and grace that implies. Or we can remain a nation of vindictive jailers that lectures the rest of the world about freedom."