U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday granted clemency to 22 individuals serving “outdated” drug sentences.
“Had they been sentenced under current laws and policies, many of these individuals would have already served their time and paid their debt to society,” White House counsel Neil Eggleston said in a statement. “Because many were convicted under an outdated sentencing regime, they served years—in some cases more than a decade—longer than individuals convicted today of the same crime.”
The detainees were each imprisoned for intent to distribute an illegal drug. Eight of the individuals carried lifetime sentences.