President Obama took a major step towards ending the War on Drugs by commuting the sentences of 46 convicted federal prisoners for nonviolent, drug-related crimes, at least eight of whom were serving life sentences. One of the president’s goals was to grant the same clemency to older prisoners that they would have received had they been convicted under current drug policy laws.
Said White House Counsel Neil Eggleston:
“Had they been sentenced under current laws and policies, many of these individuals would have already served their time and paid their debt to society. Because many were convicted under an outdated regime, they served years – in some cases more than a decade – longer than individuals convicted today of the same crime.”
The 46 commuted sentences marks the most commutations in a single day since the Lyndon B. Johnson administration, and marks a total of 89 commuted sentences by Obama’s administration since he took office. Of the 89 commutations, 76 were for nonviolent drug offenders who met criteria laid out by the Department of Justice last year.
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