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so our criminal justice system isn't as smart as it should be , the punishment simply does not fit the crime , major speech to the n. double a. c. p. annual convention just the start of a white house push to rein in harsh prison terms for low level drug crimes i commuted the sentences of dozens of people sensed under old drug laws that we now recognize were unfair and yesterday i announced that , commuting dozens more julia edwards is following the story for reuters , it's really showing that he is serious about criminal justice reform and what he would like to see congress do to change the laws that were now using to sentence these offenders , wrenching scenes of unrest across the country after the deaths of young african american men at the hands of police have set the stage african americans are more likely to be arrested , they are more likely to be sentenced , no more time for the same crime , but it's a major reversal for a president who has rarely used his powers to free prisoners known as clemency despite a promise to do so it appeals from thousands of inmates and advocates who say the laws are stacked against african americans , drug crimes , we need to lower long , mandatory minimum sentences or , get rid of them entirely , give judges some discretion around non violent crimes , so that potentially we , a young person has made a mistake in a better direction later in the week obama will become the first sitting president to visit a prison as part of the tape you have a new special on the criminal justice system