President Obama commutes 22 drug sentences

March 31, 2015 11:17 PM

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President Barack Obama cut short the prison sentences of 22 drug convicts Tuesday, fueling a drive he launched more than a year ago to allow early release of some prisoners sentenced under harsh laws enacted at the height of the war on drugs.

For the first time, Obama’s commutations included two petitions put forward by Clemency Project 2014, an effort launched by several private organizations and federal public defenders to provide attorneys for prisoners seeking to file applications for the president’s effort to reduce drug sentences. ...

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