The president will commute more people than any other president in fifty years.
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The facts are familiar: The United States has more people behind bars than any other country in the world. Nearly half of all federal prisoners, and one in five state prisoners, are serving time for drugs. So it came as a relief to many when aides recently told The New York Times that President Obama would be commuting the sentences of dozens of nonviolent drug offenders. While the numbers have yet to be released, it’s expected that Obama will commute more sentences at one time than any other president in nearly fifty years.