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Obama commutes prison sentences of 46 US convicts

One in 99 adults lives in jail in the US and the prison population has jumped 700 percent since 1970, according to the American Civil Liberties UnionUS President Barack Obama granted commutations Monday to 46 convicted drug traffickers, saying their original sentences were unduly harsh under outdated laws. The move brings the total number of commutations Obama has issued to 89, reducing the sentences of more convicts than the last four presidents combined. “These men and women were not hardened criminals,” Obama said in a video released on the White House Facebook page.

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