President Obama Commutes 35 Life Sentences


President Obama believes America is a nation of second chances, which is why he just commuted the sentences of 111 federal inmates -- including 35 individuals serving life sentences.

In August alone, the president commuted the sentences of 325 prisoners. Out of the 673 commutations President Obama has granted, 232 were for individuals serving life sentences.

He's now commuted more sentences than the last 10 presidents combined.

In a blog post related to these developments, White House Counsel Neil Eggleston wrote,

America's criminal justice system is deeply flawed, particularly in relation to excessively harsh sentences for non-violent drug crimes.

This is a large part of the reason the president has embraced commutations -- he wanted to make an effort to address the detrimental impact the war on drugs has had in communities across the US.

Back in May, the president wrote,

The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world. If we have any hope of reducing this trend, we need to not only champion criminal justice reform, but also change our perceptions of inmates and ex-offenders.

In other words, as President Obama has done, we need to come together as a society and recognize the value and importance of second chances.