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Obama Commutes Sentences Of 2 Oregon Men

<p>President Obama speaks to the traveling media after a meeting with people who were formerly incarcerated and have previously received commutations on March 30, 2016, at Busboys and Poets restaurant in northwest Washington.</p>

Jacquelyn Martin

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President Obama speaks to the traveling media after a meeting with people who were formerly incarcerated and have previously received commutations on March 30, 2016, at Busboys and Poets restaurant in northwest Washington.

President Obama commuted the prison sentences of two Oregon men, George Michael Gray of Springfield and Christopher Michael Wright of Elmira. Fifty-nine other prisoners will be also be released as part of Obama's effort to change sentencing laws — especially with regards to drug offenses.

Gray was found guilty of manufacturing meth and having a gun in connection with drug trafficking. He’s been in jail on a life sentence since 1995.

Wright was found guilty of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute meth. When released in July, he’ll have served 10 years of his 18-year sentence.

Obama commuted the sentences of 46 other prisoners in July 2015. He said their punishments didn’t fit their crimes.

He issued another 95 commutations in December to non-violent drug offenders.

Copyright 2016 Oregon Public Broadcasting

Kristian Foden-Vencil is a reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting. He specializes in health care, business, politics, law and public safety.