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Obama Commutes Sentences for 72 More Inmates

Obama has granted 944 people clemency, including 324 who were serving life sentences

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    President Obama toured a drug rehab center and met with former inmates Monday in the rough-and-tumble city of Newark, New Jersey, calling on the nation to ensure those regaining their freedom get a second chance instead of a return ticket to prison. Brian Thompson reports (Published Monday, Nov. 2, 2015)

    President Barack Obama is granting clemency to 72 more federal inmates whose sentences will now end earlier than expected.

    Obama has been commuting sentences at rapid-fire pace in his final months, including a batch of 98 last week. All told, Obama has granted 944 people clemency, including 324 who were serving life sentences.

    The White House says it's more than the previous 11 presidents combined.

    Almost all of those receiving commutations were convicted of drug-related offenses. Most are considered nonviolent offenders, although some were convicted of firearms charges in connection with drug crimes.

    White House counsel Neil Eggleston says the individuals "have earned a second chance."

    Obama isn't setting them all free right away. Many will see their sentences end in 2017 or 2018, long after Obama has left office.