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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Obama COMMUTES 102 Sentences, Adding to Record Total

President Barack Obama speaks at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution,  in El Reno, Okla., Thursday, July 16, 2015. As part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system, the president will meet separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders who are paying their debt to society at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City. (Associated Press) **FILE**
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In what is becoming a monthly routine, President Obama granted commutations Thursday to another 102 federal inmates for mostly drug-related crimes.
White House counsel Neil Eggleston said the latest commutations are for people “who have demonstrated that they are deserving of a second chance at freedom.” He said the “vast majority” were serving lengthy prison terms under outdated laws for drug sentences.
With the latest grants, Mr. Obama has commuted 774 sentences, more than the previous 11 presidents combined. With 590 commutations this year, Mr. Obama has now commuted the sentences “of more individuals in one year than in any other single year in our nation’s history,” the White House said.
Mr. Eggleston said these statistics “make clear that the president and his administration have succeeded in efforts to reinvigorate the clemency process.”
“The individuals receiving commutation today are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, and in some cases grandparents,” he said. “Today, they and their loved ones share the joy of knowing that they will soon be reunited.”
Fifteen of the inmates were convicted of firearms crimes — either using a weapon during a drug transaction, or possessing a gun illegally as a convicted felon.
Eight individuals were convicted of trafficking in more than five kilos of cocaine, and a ninth person, Cesar R. Jara of El Paso, Texas, was convicted in 2006 of trafficking 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana.

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