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GREAT JOB OBAMA!… 98 Hardened Criminals Just Had Their Sentences Reduced, Soon To Walk Our Street AGAIN

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President Barack Obama has commuted the sentences of another 98 inmates, the White House announced Thursday.

This was one of Obama’s largest batches of commutations since he took office. His eighth round of commutations, this brings his total to 688 this year alone, and the grand total during his presidency to 872, according to The Hill.

White House counsel Neil Eggleston was quick to defend the number in a blog post, citing the case-by-case basis by which the commutations are given.

“While there has been much attention paid to the number of commutations issued by the president, at the core, we must remember that there are personal stories behind these numbers,” he wrote, according to The Hill. “These are individuals — many of whom made mistakes at a young age — who have diligently worked to rehabilitate themselves while incarcerated.”

Although 872 is a staggering and, many would argue, completely inappropriate figure, according to P.S. Ruckman Jr., a political scientist, Obama was still well below the record. That particular title belongs to Woodrow Wilson, also a Democrat, who commuted a reported 1,366 sentences.

The Hill reports that only non-violent, low-level offenders who have served at least 10 years of a federal sentence were eligible for commutation, and they also must have a record of good behavior with a non-violent background.

These inmates must also not have a significant criminal record.

However, several Republicans have criticized Obama’s commutation program, saying that a good number of those whose sentences have been commuted do not fit the above criteria.

“An alarming number of offenders whose sentences you have commuted were convicted of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony,” House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte wrote in a letter to Obama in September. “These are clearly not low-level, non-violent drug offenders.”

The Department of Justice reported that there were 11,253 commutation requests as of Oct. 6, and it is almost certain that President Obama will commute more sentences before the end of his presidency.

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