(Politico) President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 58 more federal prisoners Thursday, seeking to add momentum to his drive to allow earlier releases of men and women serving lengthy terms for drug offenses.
The newly announced commutations bring to 306 the total number of commutations Obama has issued since taking office more than seven years ago.
More than two years ago, the Obama administration launched a "Clemency Initiative" that prompted more than 36,000 prisoners to request assistance filing applications for commutations. Obama aides hoped thousands of prisoners would have their sentences shortened through the initiative.
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