Says President Obama in a Facebook post dated March 30, 2016:
I’m about to drop by a meeting with a few folks whose prison sentences were commuted either by President Bush, President Clinton, or me. They don’t know this yet, but I’m going to invite them to join me for lunch so I can hear their stories firsthand.They’re Americans who’d been serving time on the kind of outdated sentences that are clogging up our jails and burning through our tax dollars. Simply put, their punishments didn’t fit the crime.Today, I issued 61 more commutations to folks a lot like these – most of them are low-level drug offenders whose sentences would have been shorter if they were convicted under today’s laws. I believe America is a nation of second chances, and with hard work, responsibility, and better choices, people can change their lives and contribute to our society.That’s why as long as I’m President, I’m going to keep working for a justice system that restores a sense of fairness, uses tax dollars more wisely, and keeps our communities safe.
Posted by President Obama on Wednesday, March 30, 2016