Although President Barack Obama will be leaving the White House behind very soon, he is making sure to continue and help those in need.
According to The White House, POTUS has commuted the sentences of 58 individuals. Those who received reduced prison terms were primarily charged with distribution of drugs and had been sentenced when the government was most aggressively prosecuting men of color.
Phillip Emmert was among those who was sentenced back in 1992 at the age of 27.
The president stated, “Today, I commuted the sentences of an additional 58 individuals just as deserving as Phillip — individuals who can look to him as inspiration for what is possible in their lives.” He continued with “As President, I’ve been working to bring about a more effective approach to our criminal justice system, particularly when it comes to drug crimes.”
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— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 5, 2016