Monday, July 13, 2015

Obama Commutes Prison Sentences of 46 Federal Drug Offenders

Ahead of two events this week where he will talk about criminal justice reform, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 federal drug offenders.
Obama released a video on Facebook about the decision on Monday.
“We are at a moment where good people in both parties, Republican and Democrats, and folks across the country are doing around ideas to make the system work smarter, to make it work better,” Obama said. “These men and women were not hardened criminal, but the overwhelming majority were sentenced to at least 20 years, 14 of them had been sentenced to life, for nonviolent drug offenses.”
Obama also had a message in a letter for the 46 individuals getting commutations.
Obama is set to speak at the NAACP convention in Philadelphia Tuesday about making changes to mandatory sentencing. On Thursday, he will be the first sitting president to visit a federal prison in Oklahoma, where he will do an interview with Vice for an HBO special on criminal justice to be aired in the fall.
Sentencing reforms and other policies have gained bipartisan support. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold hearings on criminal justice reform proposals.
From the White House, here are the 46 individuals getting commutations:
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