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Obama commutes 330 sentences on his last day as president

California residents may be interested in learning that, as his final act as president, former president Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 330 inmates. During his presidency, Obama commuted the sentences of 1,715 inmates. Approximately 560 of those inmates were facing life sentences for drug offenses.

Throughout his presidency, Obama had called upon Congress to pass a fix for the criminal justice system, though lawmakers never responded to the request. As such, Obama commuted the sentences of those he felt were facing consequences that were too harsh for the crimes that had been committed. His main focus were inmates who were facing outdated drug offense consequences. The last batch of commutations, a record-breaking number, were completed as Obama staffers were packing up his belongings in the White House.

In order for inmates to be eligible for a commutation under president Obama, there were a few requirements. First, inmates had to have already served 10 years of their sentences. Second, they had to have exhibited good behavior throughout their time in prison. Finally, they had to be considered nonviolent, though some prisoners who had their sentences commuted did have firearms violations. In particular, Obama was most interested in commuting the sentences of those who had tried to better themselves by gaining new skills while still behind bars, even if they were facing life sentences.

If a person is facing felony drug charges, he or she could potentially be sentenced to prison for years or even decades. If there is evidence that the authorities planted evidence when they took the person into custody or the accused was not in possession of the drugs he or she was charged with, an attorney may assist with drafting a strong criminal defense. Depending on the situation, a lawyer may be able to get the case dismissed or charges reduced, thereby reducing the severity of the potential punishments.

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