President Obama on Monday commuted the sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders whose original confinement periods ranged from 15 years in prison to a life sentence.
The White House announced their new release dates, all set for Nov. 10. Fourteen of those with commuted sentences had life sentences and a range of supervised release periods, and their punishment will now end in November.
The move was hinted at on Friday as part of Obama's push to overhaul certain aspects of the criminal justice system, such as punishments for nonviolent offenses. It was expected to a record-setting number of commuted sentences, and it was.
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"This is the largest number of commutations that has been issued by a single president on a single day dating back to the Johnson administration," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.
Overall, Obama has now reduced the sentences of 89 federal prisoners, more than four previous presidents combined, Earnest said. He said Obama has "taken pretty bold action when it comes to commutations" but "he doesn't want to have to just rely on his executive authorities" to bring "greater justice and fairness" to the nation's criminal justice system.
Obama heads to Oklahoma on Wednesday, where he will visit a medium-security federal prison in El Reno and partake in an interview with news outlet VICE, which is assembling a documentary on the issue.
The president will visit a medium security prison in El Reno, Okla. While at the prison, Obama will participate in an interview with VICE as part of a documentary the outlet will air in the fall on the criminal justice system.
Earnest said the White House hopes to work with congressional Republicans on comprehensive reform now that Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., and Bobby Scott, D-Va., introduced a package late last month.