President Barack Obama drove down the jail sentences of 61 medication guilty parties on Wednesday including more than a third serving life sentences, attempting to give new vitality to calls for updating the U.S. criminal justice system. The majority of the detainees are serving time for pot ownership, intent to distribute or related wrongdoings. Most are peaceful wrongdoers, despite the fact that a couple was additionally accused of gun violations. Obama’s recompense shortens their sentences, with a large portion of the prisoners set to be discharged on July 28.

Obama, in a letter to the prisoners accepting compensations, said the presidential power to grant commutations and pardons “embodies the basic belief in our democracy that people deserve a second chance after having made a mistake in their lives that led to a conviction under our laws.”

In an offer to further highlight the issue, Obama wanted to meet on Wednesday with individuals whose sentences were beforehand driven under Obama or Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The White House said the previous prisoners would share their encounters about the difficulties of re-entering society after detainment. The most recent tranche of recompenses brings the amount of prisoners whose sentences Obama has driven – more than the previous six presidents joined, the White House said – to 248. The pace of recompenses and the rarer utilization of exonerations are likely to grow by the end of Obama’s administration nears.

“Throughout the remainder of his time in office, the president is committed to continuing to issue more grants of clemency as well as to strengthening rehabilitation programs,” Neil Eggleston, the White House counsel, wrote.

He also stated that clemency is a the last option that can help specific people, but does not help the general need for a “more fair and just” system and “fix decades of overly punitive sentencing policies.”


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  1. Why doesn’t he just re-schedule cannabis to a class II or III drug? Crooked law enforcement will just fill the jails again with simple pot busts.

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