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Obama commutes prison sentences of 58 people

President Obama decided to be kinder to drug dealers.

Timothy Gardner reports for Reuters: Barack Obama decided to mitigate the sentence for 58 criminals, the majority of whom should have spent in jail all life.

The White House announced on Thursday that some of the prisoners would be released earlier, but only non-violent drug offenders.

Obama said, "it just doesn’t make sense to require a non-violent drug offender to serve 20 years, or in some cases, life, in prison."

Republican lawmakers gave him support in his idea of reforming the US criminal justice system. He wanted to decrease the number of long-serving prisoners for this type of crime. 

The most ambitious clemency program in 40 years was announced in April 2014, by the Obama Administration. The program included a lot of unprocessed cases.

Obama has now commuted the sentences of a total of 306 people, including 110 who had been serving life terms.

Some of those "lucky" prisoners were Jasmine Allen of Florida, convicted of distribution of cocaine, Wade Cutchen of Virginia, for distributing heroin and cocaine, and Tomma Jean Kent, of Iowa, who had been convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

EXPERT OPINION

Joshua Tartakovsky

Japan should be aware of the extreme insensitivity of President Obama and ask itself whether it must remain a loyal partner of the US while the former cannot even bother to apologize for committing one of the worse atrocities of the 20th century.  Moreover, precisely at a time when Obama has been placing nuclear bombers in Germany and nuclear missiles in Europe, his lack of regret or sadness over the unspeakable horror and crime against humanity in Hiroshima and Nagasaki raises a concern whether the US learned from the past or does it intend to use nuclear weapons in the future. So far, US is the only country in history to actually use the atom bomb against helpless children, men and women, causing immense scarring that will leave a mark in Japanese consciousness for another 1,000 years at least. The historical reason given was the need to frighten the Soviet Union. That’s as if I will kill a hundred innocent babies just to scare off my opponent.  Moreover, with all the talk of the catastrophe in Chernobyl which was caused by human error and not intentionally, there has been no talk at all of the Vietnamese innocent victims of Agent Orange used by the US army. How many more innocent people will be exposed to biological, nuclear or atomic weapons by the US? And can the world really afford to allow the US to cause such immense suffering and not even apologize for it, or is it time to move to a multipolar world?

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