Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Obama Pushes Sentence Reform, Shortens 214 Prison Sentences

Posted by Anup Baral August 4th, 2016 :
President Obama shortened 214 federal prison sentences Wednesday as part of his ongoing push for sentencing reform. SEE MORE: Obama's Prison Visit Highlights Shift In Drug Policy The commuted sentences were mostly for nonviolent drug offenses or firearm possession charges; 67 of the 214 prisoners were serving life terms. The White House says this is the most commutations granted by a president in one day since at least 1900. The administration's clemency push is meant to highlight a need for criminal justice reform — an issue which has bipartisan support but has faced hurdles in Congress. SEE MORE: The Numbers Behind Obama's Push For Prison Reform
So far, the president has granted 562 clemency petitions; more than the previous nine presidents combined. But Obama's clemency initiative is running pretty far behind: The administration still has almost 12,000 commutation petitions pending. This video includes clips from The White House. Newsy is your source for concise, unbiased video news and analysis covering the top stories from around the world. With persistent curiosity and no agenda, we strive to fuel meaningful conversations by highlighting multiple sides of every story. Newsy delivers the news and perspective you need without the hype and bias common to many news sources.

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