New York [USA], Oct. 28 : United State President Barack Obama created a record on Thursday after commuting the sentences of 98 inmates, most of whom were convicted on nonviolent drug charges and 42 of them were facing life imprisonment.
The White House announced that this brings the total number of sentences commuted by Obama during his presidency to 872 individuals, 688 in 2016 alone and more than the previous 11 presidents combined, reports the CNN.
"These are individuals- many of whom made mistakes at a young age - who have diligently worked to rehabilitate themselves while incarcerated," White House Counsel Neil Eggleston wrote in the blog post.
The commutations are part of a White House push to bring existing sentences in line with current standards.
Obama has argued the severe sentencing practices more than 20 years ago, a byproduct of the larger "war of drugs," have destroyed communities and led to an exploded prison population that far exceeds the rest of the world.