President Obama visited Philadelphia last fall to campaign for gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf.

The announcement came at the beginning of a week in which Obama plans to focus attention on criminal justice issues, which has been a priority for his second term. “Their punishments didn’t fit the crime”.

“If you’re a low-level drug dealer, or you violate your parole, you owe some debt to society” Obama said.

Seizing on interest from what he has called “some unlikely Republican legislators”, Obama has made criminal justice reform among his top priorities for his remaining 18 months as president. He said the overwhelming majority of the 46 had been sentenced to at least 20 years.

While the specifics of Obama’s speech remain unknown, they are expected to “lay out his ideas to make our country fairer, smarter and more cost effective while keeping the American people safe and secure”, the White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, told reporters.

On Thursday, Obama will be the first standing president to ever visit a correctional facility when he attends the Oklahoma Federal Prison. This is the second highest number of sentences which has been commuted by a United States President after the 226 sentences which were commuted by Lyndon B.

But as of late, public consideration has been piqued by a critical of upsetting incidents throughout the nation. He’s urging Congress to act on criminal justice reform.

Obama said he hoped to work with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on criminal justice reforms.

“This is not just anecdotal”. This big batch of commutations establishes that the administration can do more than just talk. According to the White House, Obama will arrive at the Philadelphia International Airport around 2 p.m. and travel to 11th and Arch streets. So Obama has set his sights on the kind of comprehensive fix that only Congress can provide.

“So, we cannot ignore the problems that we have, but we can’t stop running the race”, Obama said. “The President’s actions today are welcome, but we need much more action”, said Michael Collins, policy manager at DPA’s office of national affairs.

Republicans particularly have spoken with rising enthusiasm concerning the want for structural change.

In the Senate, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement that he’s been working toward bipartisan agreement on broad legislation that could include reductions in mandatory minimum sentences “in certain situations”. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island are backing a invoice that might steer decrease-danger inmates into packages the place they might earn earlier launch by collaborating in recidivism-discount packages.

The NAACP has called for criminal justice reforms since it kicked off its convention Saturday.

Yet not all Republicans saw the commutations as a step in the right direction. That’s a misrepresentation: the number of pardons and commutations of previous presidents are far greater; Nixon had more than 900 total; Obama has 153-(Clinton had 457, Reagan 406, and George W. Bush, 200).

Incarceration for each prisoner costs about $30,000 a year, and more than 100,000 people are in federal prison for drug-related crimes, as said by a May US Sentencing Commission report.

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