As part of his "second chance" initiative, President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the prison sentences of more than 100 nonviolent drug offenders, setting a new monthly record.
Obama announced the commutations of 111 more individuals, bringing the August total to 325. Thirty-five of those who were granted relief Tuesday had been serving life sentences."
We must remember that these are individuals -- sons, daughters, parents, and in many cases, grandparents -- who have taken steps toward rehabilitation and who have earned their second chance," the White House said in a statement. "They are individuals who received unduly harsh sentences under outdated laws for committing largely nonviolent drug crimes."