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Obama Commutes Sentences of 214 Federal Prisoners, the Most in a Single Day in More Than a Century


"America is a nation of second chances."

President Barack Obama smiles during a joint news conference with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the East Room at the White House August 2, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 214 federal inmates — including 67 with life sentences — on Wednesday, the administration announced.

According to the White House, the president has now reduced the sentences of more prisoners than the past nine presidents combined. The White House added that the president granted the most commutations “in a single day since at least 1900.”

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"All of the individuals receiving commutation today — incarcerated under outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws — embody the president's belief that 'America is a nation of second chances,'" White House counsel Neil Eggleston wrote on the White House’s blog.

The Associated Press reported that “almost all the prisoners were serving time for nonviolent drug crimes” and that most of the prisoners who had their sentences reduced will be released Dec. 1.

See a list of the commutations here.

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