President Obama Grants Clemency to 214 People

President Obama Grants Clemency to 214 People

Clemencies Come As Paul Ryan Schedules Vote on Sentencing Reform

WASHINGTON, DC — President Barack Obama on Wednesday commuted the sentences of more than 200 people incarcerated in federal prison, almost all for drug offenses. This brings his total number of clemencies granted to 562 people. Many of those who received commutations today were victims of the disparity in sentencing between crack and cocaine.

President Obama has been pushed to do more to release those serving time in prison under harsh drug laws.

“The President should be…

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