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Obama Shortens Prison Sentences for 153 Convicts, Pardons 78 Others

U.S. President Barack Obama shortened the prison sentences for 153 convicts, mainly low-level drug offenders, and pardoned 78 others, the White House said on Monday. Obama has commuted the sentences of 1,176 federal prisoners, the White House said, as part of a push to reduce the number of people serving long sentences for non-violent drug offenses. In 2014, Obama announced he would use his clemency powers to reduce sentences he saw as overly harsh. That came after criminal justice...

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