“America is a nation of second chances.” In a video released on Monday, Barack Obama has justified its decision to commute the sentences of 46 convicted US men and women involved in drug trafficking. The US president, who claims a long-standing reform of the penal system, already has on several occasions announced similar measures. But this is the first time that presidential ruling concerns such a large number of prisoners at once.
This is, according to Barack Obama, to take into account the situation of convicts conducted very long sentences – often more than 20 years – which no longer comply with the legislation in force today in the United States. People who have committed no violence but who received sentences of “several decades or even a life sentence.” “Their punishment was not appropriate to their offense,” the US president.