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Obama commutes sentences for 95 people, pardons two

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 01:20

President Obama on Friday commuted the prison sentences of 95 people, mainly for drug trafficking offenses, and pardoned two others. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama on Friday commuted the prison sentences of 95 people, mainly for drug trafficking offenses, and pardoned two others. Obama is working with lawmakers on reforms of the U.S. criminal justice system to reduce the number of people serving long sentences for non-violent drug crimes, and has said the reforms are one of his top priorities for his remaining year in office. At his year-end news conference, Obama said he backs a Senate bill on criminal justice reform and is optimistic it will be able to make a difference. But Obama went on to acknowledge that reversing criminal justice trends could take 20 years.

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Obama commutes sentences for 95 people, pardons two

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 01:20