Obama commutes sentences of 61 offenders

US President Barack Obama, pictured on March 30, 2016, commuted sentences that ranged from life imprisonment to lesser jail terms for possession and conspiracy to distribute drugs like crack or cocainePresident Barack Obama on Wednesday commuted the sentences of 61 individuals charged mostly with cocaine-related offenses, as he again pressed the case for drug sentencing reforms. The White House announced that Obama had commuted sentences that ranged from life imprisonment to lesser jail terms for possession and conspiracy to distribute drugs like crack or cocaine. In December, Obama commuted similar sentences of 95 Americans, foreshadowing a 2016 push to fix the criminal justice system.

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