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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The President Commutes 46 More Drug Offender Sentences

Currently, the majority of people incarcerated in the United States were found guilty for non-violent drug offenses. As the country faces the reality that billions of dollars are spent every year to keep people, whose only crime was addiction, in jail - it is clear that the ends do not justify the means. Over the last year, a number of government officials on both sides of the aisle, including the President, have taken steps to combat the problem. On Monday, the President announced that he would be commuting the sentences of 46 drug offenders, The New York Times reports.

Fourteen of the individuals whose sentences are being commuted were serving life sentences, and many of the 46 had been sentences to at least 20 years for non-violent drug offenses. The latest commutations will bring the Obama Administration's tally to 89, more than the last four administrations combined, according to the article.

“These men and women were not hardened criminals,” said Obama in a White House’s Facebook page video. “So their punishments didn’t fit the crime. I believe that at its heart, America is a nation of second chances, and I believe these folks deserve their second chance.”

In April, Obama commuted the sentences of 22 drug offenders who were serving lengthy sentences for drug crimes. Eight of the commuted sentences were terms of life. The recent move is another step towards giving drug offenders a second chance at life. The prisoners will remain in prison until Nov. 10, 2015.

“I believe in your ability to prove the doubters wrong, and change your life for the better,” Mr. Obama wrote to the inmates. “So good luck, and godspeed.”

Please take a moment to watch the White House Facebook video:

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