With 18 months left in office, the president has embarked on a new effort to reduce sentences for nonviolent offenders and to revamp prison life. nytimes.com|By PETER BAKER

Great article on Obama’s prison reform initiative by Peter Baker, who reports: “More than 2.2 million Americans are behind bars, and one study found that the size of the state and federal prison population is seven times what it was 40 years ago. Although the United States makes up less than 5 percent of the world’s population, it has more than 20 percent of its prison population.

This has disproportionately affected young Hispanic and African-American men. And many more have been released but have convictions on their records that make it hard to find jobs or to vote.”

With 18 months left in office, the president has embarked on a new effort to reduce sentences for nonviolent offenders and to revamp prison life.
nytimes.com|By PETER BAKER

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