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President Obama Grants 111 More Commutations

Earlier this month, President Obama granted commutation to 214 federal inmates, the most commutations issued in a single day by any president.

On Tuesday, the president added to that number by granting 111 inmates freedom.

In the month of August alone, President Obama has commuted the sentences of 325 people, the greatest number of commutations granted by a president in a single month.

“Today’s 111 commutation grants underscore the President’s commitment to using his clemency authority to provide a second chance to deserving individuals,” an announcement on the White House site states. “We must remember that these are individuals — sons, daughters, parents, and in many cases, grandparents — who have taken steps toward rehabilitation and who have earned their second chance.”

Those set free were on the receiving end of what the White House referred to as “unduly harsh sentences under outdated laws for committing largely nonviolent drugs crimes.”

“For each of these applicants, the President considers the individual merits of each application to determine that an applicant is ready to make use of his or her second chance,” the announcement states.