International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

Addressing the inequities of the criminal justice system, President Obama on Monday commuted the sentences of 46 federal prisoners who had been convicted of drug offenses.

“The overwhelming majority had been sentenced to at least 20 years – 14 of them had been sentenced to life for non-violent drug offenses. So their punishments didn’t fit the crime,” the president said in a video posted on the White House’s Facebook page.

But Monday’s commutations have left Native Americans wondering if Obama will, in fact, commute the sentence of political prisoner Leonard Peltier before the end of his term.


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