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President Obama Shortened Prison Sentences For Even More Inmates

But the administration says unfair sentencing needs to be addressed by Congress, not just through the president's actions.

By Samantha Crook | May 5, 2016

On Thursday, President Barack Obama shortened prison sentences for 58 people.

The action is part of his effort to reduce sentencing for nonviolent drug offenses.

In March, Obama commuted 61 sentences. But the administration says unfair sentencing needs to be addressed by Congress, not just through the president's actions.

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On Thursday, the White House highlighted the stories of a few people who've received clemency in the past.

"There are a lot of women in prison that are there because of their association with a man, not necessarily that they were involved, but the knowing is what makes us guilty because we know that they're actually dealing drugs," clemency recipient Ramona Brant said in a White House video.

Obama has commuted more sentences than the last six presidents combined. As of Thursday, he had commuted 306 individual sentences, and there are still thousands of applications pending.

This video includes an image from Getty Images and clips from The White House.

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