() — President Obama on Monday commuted the sentences of 46 drug offenders in federal prisons, part of his administration's effort to reform the criminal justice system.
In a Facebook video posted Monday afternoon, the president said the people whose sentences he was commuting had served sentences disproportionate to their crimes.
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“These men and women were not hardened criminals. But the overwhelming majority had to be sentenced to at least 20 years,” he said, noting that in his letters to them he made sure they needed to make different choices now that they were free.”But I believe that at its heart, America’s a nation of second chances. And I believe these folks deserve their second chance.”