"All of the individuals receiving commutation today — incarcerated under outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws — embody the president's belief that 'America is a nation of second chances."
Eggleston told the public that President Obama's commutations start with a written application process, and that the president carefully considers each applicant's merits and personal needs before making a decision regarding clemency. Some of the specific needs of individual federal inmates include the need for formal education, various forms of counseling, and/or access to comprehensive drug treatment programs. According to Eggleston, President Barack Obama would like to see U.S. legislators do what needs to be done to create and enact "lasting change to the federal system."
While most former U.S. presidents have utilized their executive authority to shorten federal prison sentences and/or issue pardons toward the end of their terms, President Barack Obama handed out literally hundreds since the beginning of his presidency.