(Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 22 drug offenders serving time in federal prison, accelerating the administration’s efforts to reduce penalties for many of those convicted of such crimes.
Obama’s decision, announced on Tuesday, more than doubles the number of commutations he has issued, and is the latest sign that the White House is taking aim at a drug war the president has characterized as counterproductive.
After all we know by now that selling drugs is really a victimless crime. It’s not like illegal drug use hurts society or costs the taxpayers any money. Like, say, childhood obesity does.
Many of those freed by the commutations, including eight inmates who received life sentences, would have already served their time under today’s drug laws and sentencing policies, according to White House counsel Neil Eggleston