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  • Obama Shortens Terms for 214 Prisoners

  • Almost all of the 214 federal inmates, including 67 who were serving life sentences, were incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses

El presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, con Brittany Packnett, del Taskforce on 21st Century Policing (derecha) y Terry Cunningham, presidente de la International Association of Chiefs of Police (izquierda), hablan a los medios durante una reunión en el Eisenhower Executive Office Building, en el complejo de la Casa Blanca, en Washington, el 13 de julio de 2016, sobre violencia policial. (AP Foto/Carolyn Kaster), photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster

03 of August 2016 12:00:50

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is cutting short the sentences of 214 federal inmates, including 67 serving life sentences.

The White House says it's the largest batch of commutations on a single day in more than a century. Almost all the prisoners were serving time for nonviolent drug offenses.The commutations bring to 562 the total number of sentences Obama has shortened. The White House says that's more than the past nine presidents combined. Almost 200 of those who have benefited were serving life sentences.White House counsel Neil Eggleston says Obama will continue granting clemency to more inmates during the final months of his presidency. He says those receiving commutations were imprisoned under antiquated, overly harsh sentencing laws.Most of those receiving commutations Wednesday will be released Dec. 1.


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