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    WASHINGTON — President Obama commuted the sentences of another 102 federal prison inmates Thursday, continuing his move to dramatically reduce the number of inmates in prison for drug crimes.

    "The vast majority of today’s grants were for individuals serving unduly harsh sentences for drug-related crimes under outdated sentencing laws,"White House counsel Neil Eggleston said in a statement. " With today’s grants, the President has commuted 774 sentences, more than the previous 11 presidents combined. With a total of 590 commutations this year, President Obama has now commuted the sentences of more individuals in one year than in any other single year in our nation’s history."

    Thursday's announcement follows a record-breaking month in August, when Obama commuted the sentences of 325 inmates.

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    Obama ignores clemency for political prisoners
    President Obama fails to free political prisoners in the US
    December 10, 2010

    The United States of America holds the world record for the most incarcerated population on the planet. Nearly 2.3 million Americans are locked into the country’s criminal justice system.Among them, hundreds of political prisoners the U.S. government does not recognize.

    Andrew Young, the former U.S. Ambassador to the UN told the French Socialist newspaper Le Matin:

    "There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people [in the U.S.] whom I would call political prisoners."

    So when US President Barack Obama finally decided to execute his pardon privilege, his choices were disappointing to many, like Jim Klimaski, who litigates constitutional and civil rights cases. Klimaski told RT:

    "President Obama had the opportunity of correcting egregious errors and the people he pardoned are essentially insignificant."

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    In meeting with dissidents, Obama praises 'courage' of political prisoners
    March 22, 2016

    HAVANA — President Obama met with dissidents and civil society leaders at the U.S. embassy in Havana Tuesday, saying they've shown "extraordinary courage" in the face of large-scale detentions of political prisoners by the Castro regime.

    "They have spoken out on behalf of the issues that they care deeply about," Obama said before the meeting, his last piece of business in Cuba before taking in a baseball game and departing for Argentina. "There are people here who have been detained. Some in the past, some very recently."​

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    US Political Prisoners That Don’t Even Exist, According to Obama
    July 26, 2016

    On Sunday, a Philadelphia community center was standing-room-only for a forum calling for President Barack Obama to free all political prisoners on the eve of the Democratic National Convention.

    Radio Sputnik’s Loud and Clear spoke with Theresa Shoatz, daughter of political prisoner Russell "Maroon" Shoatz; Kashara White, an organizer with Philadelphia’s Black Radical Organizing Committee (BROC); and Eugene Puryear, radio host, author and activist

    Puryear pointed out that although the US has been incarcerating people for their political activities for decades, it does not acknowledge that there are political prisoners in the country.

    "The reality is there are dozens and dozens of political prisoners inside of jails inside the United States of America," he said. "The vast majority of them are people who were arrested due to various activities related to the liberation movements that grew up in the 60s and 70s, and some folks who continued to be active in the 80s, but certainly this is a country that denies having political prisoners."

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