December 19th, 2013
08:19 PM ET

Obama commutes 8 crack cocaine sentences

"There's nothing just about the crack cocaine sentences that were handed down," Former Federal Prosecutor Sunny Hostin said.

President Barack Obama used his power to do something he's rarely done during his presidency - commuting the sentences of eight federal inmates - all convicted of crack cocaine offenses.

Obama commutes eight drug sentences

Six of the eight were set to spend life in prison and now they'll walk out in just months.

In a statement, the president said:

"Commuting the sentences of these eight Americans is an important step toward restoring fundamental ideals of justice and fairness."

Kin of Massachusetts' governor gets Obama commutation

OutFront: CNN legal Analyst and former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin and former New York City Police Officer Bill Stanton.

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