President Obama Relaxes Prison Sentences on Drug Traffickers

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During the times of a heroin epidemic, soon-to-be leaving President Obama has made the call to shorten jail sentences for more than 1,000 criminals, many of whom had prior convictions for weapons charges and other drug offenses. A significant portion of these criminals were relatively released immediately following the executive order.

In 2014, more than 47,000 people died from drug-induced practices, including 10,574 from heroin. And according to the FBI, the number of drug-related deaths spiked by nearly 12% a year later. Here are descriptions of some of the criminals that will be released back into the streets following Obama’s order:

This March, a former armed cocaine dealer will be back on the streets of Virginia thanks to the mandate.

A convicted armed Philadelphia crack cocaine dealer will also be released this spring.

A jailed armed meth dealer who operated in California will be released relatively immediately.

A former armed Texas drug trafficker sentenced to life in prison is now only permitted to put in 38.75 years.

And an armed cocaine dealer from Florida will also lose his life sentence status by being reduced to only 25 years to serve in prison.

According to White House officials though, they are claiming Obama is fighting the “broken system” that is over-punishing these criminals and not allowing them to seek redemption:

“The President has now commuted the sentences of 1,023 men and women incarcerated under outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws, including 342 individuals who were serving life sentences. The majority were offenders sentenced for nonviolent drug crimes. To date, the President has granted commutations to more prisoners than the past 11 presidents combined. He has also granted 70 pardons and is committed to continuing to exercise the clemency power with additional grants of commutations and pardons throughout the remainder of his presidency.”

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