- The Washington Times - Friday, June 3, 2016

President Obama commuted the prison sentences Friday of 42 more inmates, nearly half of whom were serving life terms.

The commutations bring Mr. Obama’s total to 348, more than the previous seven presidents combined, as he pushes to grant clemency for people mostly convicted of nonviolent drug offenses.

White House counsel Neil Eggleston said those receiving clemency were serving prison terms “under outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws.”

“The individuals receiving a presidential commutation today have more than repaid their debt to society and earned this second chance,” he said.

The American Civil Liberties Union said one of those receiving clemency was a client, Douglas Ray Dunkins Jr., 50, of El Paso, Texas, who has been serving life without parole for a nonviolent drug offense since he was age 26. He was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture and sell crack cocaine, and will be released from El Reno in October.

Mr. Eggleston indicated there are many more commutations to come in the president’s remaining seven months in office.

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