Prison reform via a pen.
Via Daily Mail:
President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentences of 95 people, mainly for non-violent, drug-related offenses, and pardoned two others, the White House said in a statement on Friday.
Obama has made reforms to the US criminal justice system to reduce the number of people serving long sentences for non-violent drug crimes one of the top priorities for his remaining year in office.
With the move on Friday, President Obama, who signed the Fair Sentencing Act in 2010, has now granted 184 commutations during his time in office – more than the last five presidents combined.
The number of sentences Obama commuted Friday is more than double the number he granted this summer and it’s the third time this year he’s given clemency, the Washington Post reported.
‘I commuted the sentences of 95 men and women who had served their debt to society, another step forward in upholding our ideals of justice and fairness,’ Obama said.
The Fair Sentencing Act reduced the sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine offenses and many of the pardoned offenders would have faced shorter penalties under today’s laws.
Each of the 95 people who received a commutation Friday got a personal letter from the president.
He wrote: ‘I believe in your ability to prove the doubters wrong, and change your life for the better.
Ex-Democratic presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter reduced sentences for 90 inmates total.
Republicans George W Bush, his father and Ronald Reagan commuted sentences for 27 people.