President Obama Commuted Sentences of 214 Inmates


Time: 11:17 p.m. CEST

President Obama granted clemency to a record 214 inmates on Wednesday, far surpassing his previous single-day record, as part of an ongoing effort to release federal inmates serving prison terms deemed to be unduly harsh, the Washington Post writes. In a statement, the White House said Obama would continue to give clemency until the end of his mandate.

“Today began like any other for 214 federal inmates across the country, but ultimately became a day I am confident they will never forget,” said Neil Eggleston, the White House counsel. The 214 inmates freed represents the most commutations in a single day since at least 1900, Eggleston said.

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