Obama Commutes Prison Sentences of 46 Nonviolent Drug Offenders

Fourth Estate Staff

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – President Barack Obama on Monday commuted the prison sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders.

Fourteen of the offenders had been sentenced to life while most of them were serving a 20-year sentence. The punishments did not fit their crimes, according to Obama.

“I believe that, at its heart, America is a nation of second chances, and I believe these folks deserve their second chance,” the president said in a video the White House released on Facebook, according to CBS News.

The White House also posted a letter of Obama to one of the offenders, Jerry Bailey, who is serving time at a prison in Jesup , Georgia.

In the letter, Obama told Bailey that he has demonstrated the potential to turn his life around and challenged him to make the most of the opportunity.

Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates said the commutation of the sentences is part of the Department of Justice’s effort to reform the criminal justice system and to work with Congress in recalibrating sentencing laws for non-violent drug offenders.

To date, Obama has commuted the prison sentence of 89 drug offenders, more than former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton pardoned.

Meanwhile, Obama will speak at the NAACP’s National Conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday. He is expected to call for lower mandatory minimum sentenc… MORE

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