Presidential Pardons

Dating back all the way to the eighteen hundreds, presidential pardons have always been a part of this country’s history. A presidential pardon is when a president uses their power to set aside or cancel the punishments that someone obtained from committing a federal crime, as part of the government’s system of checks and balances.

Just in the past couple of presidential terms, many pardons have been issued for many different reasons. One example is when former president Barack Obama pardoned multiple citizen’s fines and imprisonment time for different conspiracy claims. Another example is when president Donald Trump pardoned a couple of citizens from imprisonment for property damage. For years now, the power of the presidential pardon has been debated among many for the power it holds and how it can possibly be abused. In my opinion, presidents should continue to keep the power to pardon citizens. In many cases all around the country, people are mistakenly convicted for crimes that they did not contribute to, with little to no way of escaping the punishments after passing through court. A president’s power to pardon in these situations can be a great way to overthrow unjust rulings and keep the court’s power in balance.  On the other hand, many criticize the power of pardons for being an easy way for a president to spread corruption and circumvent the justice system. From my point of view, the cases in which the president uses pardons in unlawful ways have been rare, leaving more pros for pardons than cons in my eyes. Do you believe presidential pardons should be allowed?