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Obama: Prison Sentencing Policies Hurt US Economy

President Barack Obama said Saturday that the $80 billion annual price tag for housing inmates in U.S. prisons has become prohibitive and that many nonviolent offenders serving lengthy prison terms are people with mental health issues and chemical addictions. Obama, in his weekly address, said nearly 60 percent of the country's 2.2 million prisoners suffer from mental health problems and that 70 percent need drug treatment. In pressing his months-long campaign for criminal justice...

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