January 17, 2017 / 9:39 PM / in 2 years

Obama commutes 209 prison sentences, issues 64 pardons

U.S. President Barack Obama makes remarks thanking White House Spokesman Josh Earnest for his work during Earnest's last briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 17, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama shortened the sentences of 209 prisoners and pardoned 64 individuals on Tuesday, the White House said.

With his term in office set to end on Friday, Obama has now commuted the sentences of 1,385 people and granted a total of 212 pardons.

Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe and Roberta Rampton; editing by Diane Craft

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