Twenty-two drug offenders serving time in federal prison will be freed, the White House announced Tuesday. President Obama’s decision to commute the prisoners’ sentences builds on “his commitment to address instances of unfairness in sentencing,” White House Counsel Neil Eggelston said.
Eight of the inmates had received life sentences, Bloomberg reports. Many of the 22 inmates would have already served their time under current drug laws and sentencing policies, Eggleston noted in a blog post.
In a letter sent this week to those receiving commutations, President Obama wrote that he believed in their abilities “to prove the doubters wrong.”