Federal Prison Population dropped under Obama

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

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.

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