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'You Can't Give Up': Lakota Sioux Woman Pardoned by Trump to Reunite With Family After 23 Years


January 21, 2021

Lavonne Roach (right) with her mother, Marletta Pacheco. Roach's mother fought for her daughter's freedom for years until she passed away in 2017.

Donald Trump granted pardons to 73 individuals on his final day of presidency, and commuted the sentence of another 70, including Lavonne Roach of the Oglala Sioux Tribe (Lakota Sioux), who has been serving a 30-year sentence for a non-violent drug charge.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a commutation reduces a sentence, but does not imply innocence or remove civil disabilities, such as the right to vote or to hold public office. A pardon does not signify innocence, but gives the pardoned back their right to vote and to serve on juries, among other freedoms and privileges.


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