Obama Commutes Sentences of 46 Prisoners

The White House announced on Monday, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 people who received long sentences for nonviolent crimes, the latest in a series of moves to rectify the impact of harsh sentencing laws. The commutations are a result of the Justice Department’s New Clemency Initiative, announced in April 2014, that offered federal prisoners who’ve served more than a decade in jail the chance to be released if they could show they would have received a shorter sentence if they’d been convicted today.