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Obama Plans to Grant Clemency to Thousands Convicted on Drug Crimes

Obama plans to commute sentences for drug crimes
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Plan would spring thousands convicted of ‘non-violent’ drug crimes.

According to Yahoo and the website drugpolicy.org,   one of Obama’s priorities between now and the end of his term is to grant pardons to “hundreds, perhaps thousands” of people who have been convicted of drug crimes, including many who used crack cocaine.

The White House source said the administration is taking steps to ramp up the number of applications for clemency (pardons) and even plans to “recruit” those in prisons and jails so they can possibly be let free.

Last December, Obama commuted the sentences of 8 men and women, federal inmates, who were serving time for crimes related to crack cocaine.   Obama said they had sentenced under an “unfair” system.   Critics who applaud Obama’s actions say many drug sentences are mandatory and too restrictive compared to the actual crime committed.

Supporters stress these  would only be people convicted of non-violent drug crimes.   Boy, that’s a comforting thought, isn’t it?

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