Why President Obama Just Freed 46 Drug Offenders

The president wants to highlight need to make criminal justice system fairer.

— -- President Obama granted commutations of sentences for 46 drug offenders Monday, saying “their punishments did not fit the crime.”

“I’m commuting the sentences of 46 prisoners who were convicted many years or, in some cases, decades ago. These men and women were not hardened criminals, but the overwhelming majority had been sentenced to at least 20 years. Fourteen of them had been sentence to life for non-violent drug offenses,” the president said in a video. “Their punishments did not fit the crime and if they were sentenced under today’s laws, nearly all of them would have already served their time.

“America’s a nation of second chances, and I believe these folks deserve their second chance,” he said.