US President Barack Obama has commuted the prison sentences of 46 drug offenders as part of a renewed effort to reform the criminal justice system.

In a video announcement, he said the prisoners were not “hardened criminals” and had been given sentences that “didn’t fit their crimes”.

According to BBC News, President Obama said it was part of a wider effort to restore the sense of fairness in a “nation of second chances”. He is due to unveil plans for criminal justice reforms on Tuesday.

The 46 prisoners, 14 of whom were serving life sentences, are scheduled to be released on November 10th, 2015.

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