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July 14, 2015 All of those whose sentences were commuted would have gotten lighter prison terms under new sentencing guidelines. The White House says the they aren't hardened criminals and deserve a second chance.
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February 18, 2014 Longtime followers of the pardon power have criticized President Obama's relatively stingy approach over five years in office. An advocate for ending mandatory minimum sentences says she's "really encouraged" by the new push for clemency.
January 30, 2014 Deputy Attorney General James Cole asked lawyers to make their clients aware of new clemency opportunities. By commuting sentences, the Obama administration is trying to correct the different treatment given to crack-cocaine and powder-cocaine offenses.
President Obama speaks to reporters Wednesday in the Oval Office. On Thursday, Obama announced that he was granting a series of pardons and clemencies.
December 19, 2013 President Obama came to office bemoaning the disparity in sentences for crack versus powder cocaine offenses, and with a background as a community organizer and constitutional law teacher that had some progressives anticipating a robust use of the Constitution's "reprieves and pardons" power. That hasn't been the case.
December 19, 2013 The president commuted the sentences of eight people convicted on cocaine-related charges and pardoned 13 others convicted of other offenses.
November 24, 2010 While the president has pardoned four turkeys, he hasn't pardoned any humans, causing some advocates of presidential pardons to ask: what's taking so long?
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