- Associated Press - Monday, July 13, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Two Chicago men, including one serving a life sentence, and a Gary, Indiana man were among nearly four dozen non-violent offenders whose prison sentences President Barack Obama has commuted.

Obama made the announcement Monday, saying “their punishments didn’t fit the crime.” The move was part of a broader effort by the administration to make the U.S. criminal justice system fairer.

Romain Dukes of Chicago received a life sentence for crack distribution charges in 1997. Joseph Burgos of Chicago received 30 years in prison for cocaine distribution in 1993. And Walter R. Dennie of Gary, Indiana received a 20-year sentence in 2002 for cocaine distribution counts.

All of the men’s sentences will now end Nov. 10.

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