Obama Commutes Sentences for 46; Presses for Justice Changes

WASHINGTON (AP) -

Calling America “a nation of second chances,” President Barack Obama cut the prison sentences of 46 non-violent substance-abuse offenders on Monday in what the White House hopes will be just one prong of a broader push to make the criminal justice system fairer while saving the government money.

Fourteen of those whose sentences were commuted had been sentenced to life in prison and the vast majority to at least 20 years, the president said in a video released by the White House, adding that “their punishments didn’t fit the crime.”

“These men and women were not hardened criminals,” he said, promising to lay out more ideas on criminal justice changes on Tuesday.