Obama grants clemency to 231 individuals, largest single day act

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President Obama speaks at his first news conference since U.S. election.

President Barack Obama on Monday granted clemency to 231 individuals, the largest batch of grants on a single day of his presidency, bringing him to 1,324 acts of clemency over the course of his term.

Obama granted pardons to 78 individuals, doubling his previous number of pardons for a total of 148.

He granted 153 commutations, reducing the sentences of 1,176 individuals including 395 life sentences.

White House counsel Neil Eggleston said Monday that he expects Obama will issue even more grants of commutations and pardons before leaving office.

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