1. Barack Obama shortens prison sentences for 98 convicts: White House

Barack Obama shortens prison sentences for 98 convicts: White House

US President Barack Obama shortened the prison sentences for 98 convicts serving time for drug-related offenses in his latest round of commutations, including for 42 people serving life sentences, the White House said on Thursday.

By: | Washington | Published: October 28, 2016 5:29 AM
 Obama has granted 688 commutations this year, for a total so far of 872 during his presidency, which ends on January 20. (Reuters)
Obama has granted 688 commutations this year, for a total so far of 872 during his presidency, which ends on January 20. (Reuters)

US President Barack Obama shortened the prison sentences for 98 convicts serving time for drug-related offenses in his latest round of commutations, including for 42 people serving life sentences, the White House said on Thursday.

Obama has granted 688 commutations this year, for a total so far of 872 during his presidency, which ends on January 20.

“These are individuals – many of whom made mistakes at a young age – who have diligently worked to rehabilitate themselves while incarcerated,” White House Counsel Neil Eggleston said in a statement.

The commutations are part of Obama’s push to reform the criminal justice system to reduce the number of people serving long sentences for non-violent drug offenses.

Obama and a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the US Congress had tried to work on legislation to reduce mandatory minimum sentences, but those efforts stalled ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election.

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