Obama Commutes 61 Prison Sentences To Catch Up On Reform Backlog
The sentences were mostly for nonviolent drug offenses. The White House says those affected would've received lighter punishment under today's laws.By Matt Picht | March 30, 2016
As part of his push for criminal justice reform, President Obama is granting clemency to 61 federal prisoners.
The White House announced the move Wednesday, as Obama met with a group of ex-prisoners who have already had their sentences commuted. The president said the commuted prisoners were serving "the kind of outdated sentences that are clogging up our jails and burning through our tax dollars."
Most of those prisoners are incarcerated for nonviolent drug possession or distribution offenses and are serving sentences which would be dramatically shorter if they were convicted under today's drug laws. Twenty-one of those prisoners were handed life sentences.