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Obama Commutes Prison Sentences of 58 Non-Violent Drug Offenders

President Barack Obama Thursday commuted the sentences of 58 federal inmates given long prison terms for non-violent drug-related crimes. Eighteen had been given life sentences which the law required, even when some judges believed that the punishment was too severe. Obama said Thursday that many non-violent offenders are forced to pay for their mistakes with penalties that are "unduly harsh." "It just doesn't make sense to require a non-violent drug offender to...

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