Obama Shortens Sentences for Another 72 Federal Inmates

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A Naples man's life prison sentence was commuted by President Obama on Friday.

He said Congress needs to adopt reforms so the federal prison sentencing system operates more fairly and effectively.

"Commutations a week before an election?"

The latest bout of clemency brings the total number of commutations under Obama to 944. The president will continue to grant commutations until he leaves office on January 20, Eggleston has said.

An attorney for the White House said the prisoners "had earned a second chance".

The White House says it's more than the previous 11 presidents combined.

Taylor was one of seven Texans and one of 72 across the country that received a commutation of sentence.

The frequency with which Obama is now granting commutations has encouraged some advocates who had been urging the president to "vastly increase the pace" of the effort. Obama's actions are the most since Lyndon Johnson's administration between 1963 and 1969. But they're different from full pardons in that they can shorten a sentence while leaving other consequences of the conviction intact.

Gregory Scott Taylor was sentenced in 2002 to 240 months imprisonment and then 10 years supervised release. Johnson is also among 324 federal inmates whose life sentence has been commuted by the president.