President Trump pardons convicted bank robber, Jon Ponder
U.S. President Donald Trump has pardoned a convicted bank robber, Jon Ponder, who is now running a non-profit programme for prisoner.
The announcement which came on Tuesday night appears to be an attempt by the president to draw voters’ attention to criminal justice as Trump’s bid for re-election enters its last phase.
Trump said before the signing order “We believe that each person is made by God for a purpose.
According to reports, Ponder pleaded guilty to bank robbery in 2005, and was released from prison in 2009.
He founded “Hope for Prisoners”, a non-governmental organisation assisting released prisoners to reintegrate into the society In 2010.
The president was reported to have met ponder when he was invited to a National Day of Prayer event at the White House in 2018.
Trump praised Ponder’s commitment to Christianity and his friendship with Richard Beasley, a retired FBI agent who arrested him.
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“My hope for America is that formerly incarcerated people will be afforded the opportunity to take advantage of the fact that we live in a nation of second chances,” the president statement said.
President Trump pardons convicted bank robber,Jon Ponder