President Obama Commutes 46 Sentences

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In this June 26, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The Obama administration will propose requiring overtime pay for workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week, three individuals familiar with the plan said Monday, June 29. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama has commuted the prison sentences of 46 drug offenders, saying they were not “hardened criminals” and their punishments didn’t match the crimes they committed.

Obama said the move was part of his larger attempt to reform the criminal justice system. He is expected to speak about justice reform Tuesday at the NAACP’s annual convention, and on Thursday he will become the first president to visit a federal prison.

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