As one of President Barack Obama's final acts in office, he commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence on Tuesday (Jan. 17) -- an act that received praise and criticism across the country.
Manning's commutation of her sentence came with the President's 209 commutations and more pardons on Tuesday. Manning was an army private who was convicted of stealing and disseminating 750,000 pages of documents and videos to WikiLeaks that was published in 2010. She served more than six years of a 35 sentence and is now set for a May release.
Following Manning's sentencing in 2013, she announced that she was a female and changed her name from Bradley to Chelsea. She began undergoing hormone therapy in 2015 and was approved for gender transition surgery the year following.