US President Obama granted clemency to 46 men and women who have spent years in prison for non-violent drug offenses. "Their punishments didn't fit the crime, and if they had been sentenced under today's laws, almost all of them would have served their time," said Obama in a video.

Each prisoner got a letter from the President. The last paragraph reads "I believe in your ability to prove the doubters wrong, and change your life for the better. So good luck, and Godspeed."

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This is the most amount of commutations a president has granted in a single day since the Lyndon Johnson administrations of the 1960s. "I believe that in its heart American is a nation of second chances," says Obama. "And I believe these folks deserve a second chance." The prisoners will be released by November 10.

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