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"President Barack Obama has commuted the sentences of eight Americans who would have had shorter prison terms under current drug sentencing laws. Each of the six men and two women had served more than 15 years in prison for charges related to crack cocaine. A 2010 law reduced the disparity in sentencing between crack and powdered cocaine offences. And in August, the administration dropped mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders. Critics say that heavy drug sentences have hit minorities hardest. "Instead, because of a disparity in the law that is now recognised as unjust, they remain in prison, separated from their families and their communities, at a cost of millions of taxpayer dollars each year." Some 47% of US prison inmates have been incarcerated for drug offences, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Many of those with newly commuted sentences were young when they received lengthy prison terms. Six of those on the commutation list had been sentenced to life in prison." If he's pardoning drug offenders for unfair sentences he should just release all of them from prison. The US drug laws are so ridiculously unjust and they ruin the lives of millions of Americans every year, committing them to life in society as "felons" for non-violent offenses. I hope one day we can just end the senseless drug war, but this is a step in the right direction for sure. Clearly Obama can't do all of that at once.