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President Obama just commuted the sentences of 111 federal inmates


President Obama commuted the sentences of 111 federal inmates Tuesday, according to a release from the White House.

Earlier this month, Obama granted commutation to 214 federal inmates. With today's additional grants, the president has commuted the sentences of 325 people in the month of August.

That is the highest number of commutations ever granted by a president in a single month, according to the White House. 

In addition to those commutations, Obama denied 2,227 cases on Aug. 8, according to USA Today.

Obama defended his commutations in a news conference earlier this month, saying there is a growing bipartisan consensus to reform harsh drug sentences.

"As successful as we've been in reducing crime in this country, the extraordinary rate of incarceration of nonviolent offenders has created its own set of problems that are devastating," Obama said. 

To date, Obama has granted a total of 673 commutations. That's more than the previous 10 presidents combined.

In an interview with White House Counsel Neil Eggleston, the president said he considers the individual merits of each application to determine whether an applicant is ready to make use of his or her second chance.

For a full list of Tuesday's commutations, click here

Tuesday's move was applauded by many justice organizations on social media. 

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