President Obama granted another 72 commutations Friday for federal prisoners sentenced mainly for drug crimes, bringing his record total to 944 over eight years.
Nine of those receiving clemency had been convicted of firearms offenses along with their drug crimes.
In October, the president commuted the sentences of 200 prisoners, speeding up the pace of clemency actions as he nears the end of his presidency. Just last week, he had granted 98 commutations.
“In just an eight-day period, the president has issued two rounds of grants, totaling 170 commutations,” said White House counsel Neil Eggleston. “With today’s grants, the president has now commuted the sentences of 944 individuals, including 324 life sentences.”
Mr. Eggleston said the president’s commutations are “unprecedented in the modern era.”
“The president is committed to reinvigorating the clemency authority, demonstrating that our nation is a nation of second chances, where mistakes from the past will not deprive deserving individuals of the opportunity to rejoin society and contribute to their families and communities,” he said.