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Obama Commutes Sentences of 22 People in Federal Prison


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Phyllis
- 1571 days ago - news.yahoo.com
The effort could lead Obama to grant clemency more often as his second and final term in office winds down.



   

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Phyllis P (232)
Wednesday April 1, 2015, 9:54 am
Neil Eggleston, the White House counsel, said many of the 22 people whose federal sentences will be cut short by Obama's action would already have served their time and paid the debt they owed society had they been sentenced under current laws and policies.

"Because many were convicted under an outdated sentencing regime, they served years — in some cases more than a decade — longer than individuals convicted today of the same crime," Eggleston said in a post on the White House blog. The 22 individuals were sentenced between 1992 and 2006.

Eggleston said Tuesday's commutations underscore Obama's "commitment to using all the tools at his disposal to bring greater fairness and equity to our justice system."

Obama has now approved a total of 43 commutations during more than six years in office. Eggleston noted that Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, had commuted 11 sentences during his two terms.

In a letter, Obama urged each individual to take advantage of the second chance he is giving them. The White House said it was the first time Obama had sent such letters.

"I am granting your application because you have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around. Now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity," he wrote. "It will not be easy, and you will confront many who doubt people with criminal records can change. Perhaps even you are unsure of how you will adjust to your new circumstances.

"But remember that you have the capacity to make good choices," Obama said.

The nonprofit Drug Policy Alliance, which advocates for less stringent drug sentences, praised the commutations. "The president's actions today are welcome," said Michael Collins, policy manager at DPA's office of national affairs. Collins called on Congress to "act quickly on substantive sentencing reform," adding, "It's time to rectify the U.S.'s embarrassing record on mass incarceration."
 

Phyllis P (232)
Wednesday April 1, 2015, 10:03 am
Neil Eggleston, the White House counsel, said many of the 22 people whose federal sentences will be cut short by Obama's action would already have served their time and paid the debt they owed society had they been sentenced under current laws and policies.

"Because many were convicted under an outdated sentencing regime, they served years — in some cases more than a decade — longer than individuals convicted today of the same crime," Eggleston said in a post on the White House blog. The 22 individuals were sentenced between 1992 and 2006.

Eggleston said Tuesday's commutations underscore Obama's "commitment to using all the tools at his disposal to bring greater fairness and equity to our justice system."

Obama has now approved a total of 43 commutations during more than six years in office. Eggleston noted that Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, had commuted 11 sentences during his two terms.

In a letter, Obama urged each individual to take advantage of the second chance he is giving them. The White House said it was the first time Obama had sent such letters.

"I am granting your application because you have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around. Now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity," he wrote. "It will not be easy, and you will confront many who doubt people with criminal records can change. Perhaps even you are unsure of how you will adjust to your new circumstances.

"But remember that you have the capacity to make good choices," Obama said.

The nonprofit Drug Policy Alliance, which advocates for less stringent drug sentences, praised the commutations. "The president's actions today are welcome," said Michael Collins, policy manager at DPA's office of national affairs. Collins called on Congress to "act quickly on substantive sentencing reform," adding, "It's time to rectify the U.S.'s embarrassing record on mass incarceration."
 

JL A (281)
Wednesday April 1, 2015, 10:44 am
Thanks for sharing this good news and promising progress Phyllis.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday April 1, 2015, 11:34 am
I do believe Bill Clinton was doing the same thing towards the end of his Presidency. . .
I recall nothing of value or sincerity or goodness coming out of Bush's terms

Well done Barack Obama.
Noted, shared
Thanks Phyllis.
 

Animae C (508)
Wednesday April 1, 2015, 5:08 pm
Good man!

T.Y. Phyllis
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 1, 2015, 5:20 pm
That # should be a lot higher. Hopefully there's more to come. Thanks
 

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday April 1, 2015, 6:50 pm
This is a good thing for those people. Now if he would only do the same thing for Leonard Peltier.
 

Laurie H (818)
Saturday April 4, 2015, 7:25 pm
Very nice news to hear=keep it coming!!!! & So Many Thanks for sharing, Phyllis!!!~~
 

Laura H (950)
Saturday April 4, 2015, 7:46 pm
Great news!
Thank you Phyllis :)
 

Lynn Carin (360)
Sunday April 5, 2015, 3:20 pm
Thanks for sharing, Phyllis.
 

Nicole W (646)
Sunday April 5, 2015, 3:23 pm
ty Phyllis
 

Mandi T (367)
Sunday April 5, 2015, 6:01 pm
Very good news. TY Phyllis
 

Pat B (354)
Monday April 6, 2015, 4:40 pm
Great news! Thank you.
 

Suzanne L (89)
Tuesday April 7, 2015, 9:27 pm
Thank you Phyllis. I laud the President for doing this.
 

Sherri G (128)
Wednesday April 8, 2015, 12:39 am
I will be impressed when Pres. Obama lets Leonard Peltier free but that will never happen because our government is afraid of the truth.
 

Stella G (403)
Wednesday April 8, 2015, 5:46 am
Grazie Phyllis, per la condivisione della notizia
 

Rhonda B (99)
Wednesday April 8, 2015, 5:53 am
Good news! Thank you Phyllis
 

Winn A (179)
Wednesday April 15, 2015, 6:09 am
good news -thanks Phyllis
 
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