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Obama commutes sentences of 22 drug offenders

US President Barack Obama speaks to the press at the White House in Washington, DC, March 31, 2015US President Barack Obama on Tuesday reduced the jail terms of 22 drug offenders, part of a drive to address fairness in sentencing. “I am granting your application because you have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around,” Obama wrote in letters to the 22 individuals. “They served years — in some cases more than a decade — longer than individuals convicted today of the same crime,” said White House Counsel Neil Eggleston. The White House said it wanted to encourage non-violent offenders who have a clean prison record and were sentenced under out-of-date laws to come forward.

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