By Frederick H. Lowe
The federal prison population dropped 5 percent or by 7,981 inmates between the end of 2009, President Barack Obama’s first year in the White House and 2015, the most-recent year the Bureau of Justice Statistics has final year-end numbers, Pew Research Center reported.
President Obama, who leaves the White House Jan, 20, after eight years in office, has made criminal justice a focus of his presidency.
He has overseen a Justice Department initiative pushing for lighter sentences for those convicted of low-level crimes, and he used his executive clemency more than other modern president, Pew reported.
President Obama also became the first sitting U. S. president to visit a prison. On July 16, the president visited El Reno Federal Penitentiary outside of Oklahoma City.