Full List: Biden To Pardon 78 People, Including First African American Former Secret Service Agent

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President Joe Biden plans to issue his first batch of presidential pardons Tuesday while commuting the prison sentences of 75 nonviolent drug offenders.

The pardon recipients are “three people who have demonstrated their commitment to rehabilitation and are striving every day to give back and contribute to their communities,” Biden said in a statement.

Among them is Abraham Bolden, 86, a Chicago man who became the first African American Secret Service agent to serve on a presidential detail during the Kennedy administration.

In 1964, Bolden was arrested on charges related to attempting to sell a copy of a Secret Service file, an allegation he has consistently denied. He was convicted after two trials, even though key witnesses later admitted lying at the request of prosecutors, the White House said in a fact sheet.

Bolden was sentenced to six years in federal prison and has “been recognized for his many contributions to his community following his release,” the White House said. He has also “received numerous honors and awards for his ongoing work to speak out against the racism he faced in the Secret Service in the 1960s, and his courage in challenging injustice.”

A senior administration official said Tuesday’s action means Biden will have granted more people clemency at this point in his presidency than the last five presidents. Former President Donald Trump issued 143 pardons in his four years in office — 116 of them in January 2021 — and 94 commutations. Former President Barack Obama issued 212 pardons and commuted 1,715 sentences over two terms.

Another pardon recipient is Betty Jo Bogans, 51, a single mom from Houston. She was convicted in 1998 of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine after she attempted to transport drugs for her boyfriend and his accomplice, neither of whom were detained or arrested, the White House said.

Bogans, who had no prior record, was sentenced to seven years in prison.

“In the nearly two decades since her release from custody, Ms. Bogans has held consistent employment, even while undergoing treatment for cancer, and has focused on raising her son,” the White House said.

The third pardon recipient is Dexter Jackson, 52, a Georgia man who pleaded guilty to allowing marijuana traffickers to use his pool hall “to facilitate drug transactions,” the White House said.

After his release from prison, Jackson converted his pool hall into a cellphone repair business, hiring local high school students through a program to give young adults work experience, the White House said. He has also helped build and renovate homes in the community, the White House said.

Biden said the 75 people whose sentences are being commuted “are serving long sentences for non-violent drug offenses.” He said many of them have been moved to home confinement because of the pandemic and “would have received a lower sentence if they were charged with the same offense today, thanks to the bipartisan First Step Act,” the criminal justice reform measure Trump signed into law.

Biden on Tuesday also announced new job training measures and grants to help people re-entering society after prison terms.

“[H]elping those who served their time return to their families and become contributing members of their communities is one of the most effective ways to reduce recidivism and decrease crime,” he said in a statement.

Full List Of Pardons:

Abraham Bolden 

Abraham Bolden, a suspended U.S. secret service agent, with his wife before he was indicted in 1964.Bettmann Archive

Bolden, 86, of Chicago, was the first Black Secret Service agent to serve on a presidential detail.

In 1964, he faced federal bribery charges that he attempted to sell a copy of a Secret Service file. His first trial ended in a hung jury and following his conviction in a second trial, key witnesses admitted to lying at the prosecutor’s request.

He was denied a retrial and ultimately served several years in federal prison. Bolden, who served on President John F. Kennedy’s detail, has maintained his innocence and argued he was targeted in retaliation for speaking out against racist and unprofessional behavior in the Secret Service.

The White House said Bolden has “received numerous honors and awards for his ongoing work to speak out against the racism he faced in the Secret Service in the 1960s, and his courage in challenging injustice.” He has also been recognized for his contributions to his community following his release.

Betty Jo Bogans

Bogans, 51, of Houston, Texas, received a seven-year sentence after being convicted in 1998 of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine after attempting to transport drugs for her boyfriend and his accomplice, neither of whom were detained or arrested.

At the time of her conviction, she was a single mother with no prior record and “accepted responsibility for her limited role in the offense,” the White House said.

In the decades since her release from prison, Bogans has held consistent employment, even while undergoing cancer treatment, and has focused on raising her son.

Dexter Jackson

Jackson, 52, of Athens, Georgia, was convicted in 2002 for using his pool hall to facilitate the trafficking of marijuana. Jackson pleaded guilty and acknowledged he allowed his business to be used by marijuana dealers.

Since his release, Jackson has converted his business into a cellphone repair service and hired local high school students through a program that seeks to provide young adults with work experience. The White House said Jackson has also worked to build and renovate homes in a community that lacks quality affordable housing.

Those whose sentences were commuted:

Sergio Acosta – Montgomery, Alabama

Kathy Marie Albrecht – Jamestown, North Dakota

Maria Isabel Arreola – San Bernardino, California

Roberto Barrio – South Gate, California

Kelvin Beaufort – Charlotte, North Carolina

Brandon Todd Berry – Sikeston, Missouri

Sharon Louise Boatright – Richardson, Texas

Terry Booty – Morgan City, Louisiana

Ramola Kaye Brown – Huntsville, Texas

Julian Burford – Bedford, Ohio

Mark Richard Burton – Odessa, Texas

Nickolas Cano – Amarillo, Texas

Ruben Lopez Cazares – Chula Vista, California

Jose Luis Colunga – Juniata, Nebraska

Paul Hernandez Contreras – Perris, California

Karen Cox – Salt Lake City, Utah

Lori Jean Cross – North Richland Hills, Texas

Mario Cruz – Grand Rapids, Michigan

Christopher Dancy – Prince George, Virginia

Catalina Davis – San Antonio, Texas

Stacie Demers – Constable, New York

Deborah Ann Dodd – Forney, Texas

Manuel Ruben Duran-Pimentel – Miami, Florida

Nova Neal Finau – Fort Worth, Texas

Tina Marie Finazzo – Las Vegas, Nevada

David C. Frazier – St. Louis, Missouri

Julio Garza – Edinberg, Texas

Odell Givens – Certe, Illinois

Dianna Gonzalez-Agosto – Altura de Rio G, Puerto Rico

Virgil Goodman, Jr. – Lexington, Tennessee

Christopher Gunter – Columbia, South Carolina

Rachel Lynn Hanson – Richton Park, Illinois

Stephanie Hernandez – Dallas, Texas

Brandon Jermaine Huguley – Chattanooga, Tennessee

David Charles Jenkins – Beaumont, Texas

Douglas Dean Johnson – Dickens, Iowa

Gregory Jones – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Stephan George Jones – Rosebud, South Dakota

Terri Kelly – Rialto, California

Tellas Levallas Kennedy – Glennville, Georgia

Vincent Edward Kennedy – Surfside Beach, South Carolina

Brittany Krambeck – Fort Worth, Texas

Carry Le – Duluth, Georgia

David Lee – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rosamaria Lucero – New Braunfels, Texas

Paul A. Lupercio – Blue Springs, Missouri

Angelica Marquez – Apple Valley, California

Eddie Mateus – New York, New York

Stephanie McMurphy – Adel, Georgia

Byron James Miller – St. Louis, Missouri

Bethel Cheyenne Mooneyham – Spencer, Tennessee

Colleen Mossberger – Crest Hill, Illinois

Quang Nguyen – Houston, Texas

Rickey Wayne Norton – Augusta, Georgia

Shannon Ann Norton – Augusta, Georgia

Thomas Perkins – Louisville, Kentucky

Aaron Ponce – Odessa, Texas

Rose Trujillo Rangel – Waco, Texas

Alejandro Reyna – Brownsville, Texas

Fermin Serna – Rio Grande City, Texas

Mackie Shivers – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Kirstie Marie Smith Israel – Albertville, Alabama

Tony Lee Stanfield – Villa Rica, Georgia

Cleola Sullivan – Tallahassee, Florida

Charles Arnold Thomas – Inglewood, California

Edwin G. Tierney – Council Bluffs, Iowa

Jesse Alan Trimue – Burton, Michigan

Daniel Valencia – Maylene, Alabama

Martin R. Vandemerwe – Price, Utah

James Darrell Walker – Lubbock, Texas

Cindy Noella Williams – Casper, Wyoming

Cynthia Lynn Yeley-Davis – Mills, Wyoming

Andrea Zavala – Waterloo, Iowa

Courtney Donnell Zeno – Warner Robins, Georgia

David L. Zouck – Buffalo, Missouri