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President Biden speaks at the White House on Sept. 30. On Thursday, Biden announced that he is taking executive action to pardon people convicted of simple marijuana possession under federal law and D.C. statute. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Dontae Sharpe reacts outside the Pitt County Courthouse after a judge determined he could be set free on Aug. 22, 2019, in Greenville, N.C. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday pardoned Sharpe, who spent 24 years behind bars for a murder he has long said he did not commit. Deborah Griffin/AP hide caption

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Former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin defends pardoning and commuting sentences for more than 400 convicted people in his final days in office. Timothy D. Easley/AP hide caption

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(From left) Lake County, Fla., Sheriff Willis McCall and an unidentified man stand next to Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Charles Greenlee. The three were accused of rape in 1949, along with a fourth man. They were all pardoned Friday. State Library and Archives of Florida via AP hide caption

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State Library and Archives of Florida via AP