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Obama Plans Broader Use Of Clemency To Free Nonviolent Drug Offenders

REPORT: Obama To Use Clemency Power To Free Nonviolent Drug Offenders
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President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wisc., Thursday, July 2, 2015, about the economy and to promote a proposed Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wisc., Thursday, July 2, 2015, about the economy and to promote a proposed Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON — Sometime in the next few weeks, aides expect President Obama to issue orders freeing dozens of federal prisoners locked up on nonviolent drug offenses. With the stroke of his pen, he will probably commute more sentences at one time than any president has in nearly half a century.

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