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Obama urges reform of 'unfair' US criminal justice system

The US prison population has increased by 800 percent since 1980President Barack Obama urged reform of the US criminal justice system Saturday, saying much of it “remains unfair” and that punishments should correspond to the severity of crimes. “The United States is home to five percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners,” Obama said in his weekly radio address. The president said the reason the United States has such a high prison population — 2.2 million — is that more non-violent offenders have been put behind bars over the past decades than ever before.

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