Obama hits 1,000 mark for commutations granted
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has surpassed the 1,000 mark for commutations granted during his presidency after shortening sentences for 79 people.
Obama has been granting commutations at rapid-fire pace in his final months in office. The White House says he's commuted more sentences than the past 11 presidents combined.
Most of those who have received clemency are nonviolent drug offenders, though many were also convicted of firearms violations related to drug crimes.
Obama says "it makes no sense" for nonviolent drug offenders to serve decades in prison or life sentences. He says it burdens taxpayers and overcrowded prisons without benefiting public safety.
Obama is calling for a criminal justice overhaul to address overly onerous sentencing and other problems. Congress has shown bipartisan interest but hasn't acted on those reforms.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
7-year-old starts 'Trash 2 Curb' business to raise money for college
What to expect for WBRZ's Fireworks on the Mississippi
Domestic dispute leads to shooting in Baker; one person injured
How a rape survivor was ordered to pay child support; watch the...
Baton Rouge businesses are hopeful developers can turn blight into success
Sports2-a-Days: St. Amant Gators
Sports2-a-Days: Springfield Bulldogs
Matt Trent and Blake Ruffino recap the past week in LSU sports
'I couldn't sign it fast enough:' Zion Williamson extending contract with Pelicans
Dunham QB Jackson House using football to build stronger bond with his...