WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is looking for convicts worthy of his rarely used power to commute sentences.
Obama has directed the Justice Department to improve its clemency recommendation process and recruit more applications from convicts.
White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler says Obama believes it is important to help correct the effects of outdated and overly harsh sentences that Congress and the American people recognize are no longer in the best interests of justice.
Obama recently reduced the prison time for a man facing longer time behind bars because of a typographical error.
Ruemmler says the commutation of Ceasar Cantu’s sentence from 15 to 11½ years demonstrates the importance of clemency as a fail-safe mechanism for those who have run out of other options.
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