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Obama Commutes Prison Sentences of 22 People Convicted of Drug Offenses

March 31, 2015
With the stroke of a pen, President Obama on Tuesday doubled the number of commutations he has granted to individuals in federal prison since taking office, reports the Los Angeles Times.

With the stroke of a pen, President Obama on Tuesday doubled the number of commutations he has granted to individuals in federal prison since taking office, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The move cleared the way for the release of 22 people convicted of drug offenses, many of whom had been sentenced to decades or even life in prison. The commutations were part of a larger effort by the Obama Administration to reduce disparities in drug sentencing and scale back mandatory minimum prison sentences.

The 43 commutations by Obama to date are but a tiny percent of the total serving time for drugs.

“With around 100,000 people in federal prison serving drug sentences, there is a lot more work to be done,” said Jeremy Haile, a lawyer for The Sentencing Project, an advocacy group.

Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

 
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