White House Briefing on Life After Clemency

Building on the President’s efforts to make our criminal justice system more fair by granting clemency to men and women sentenced under outdated sentencing rules, the briefing brings together academics, advocates and Administration officials seeking to remove obstacles to successful reentry. The briefing provides a collaborative environment to discuss and share ideas on the President’s clemency initiative and ways to improve paths to reentry.

The start of the Nuclear Security Summit dinner in the East Room of the White House.

On the last day of #WomensHistoryMonth, we’re throwing it back to 1917 when a group of suffragettes—Silent Sentinels—picketed the White House to stand up for a woman’s right to vote. We are proud to celebrate those women and the countless others who have driven humanity forward on the path to a more equal and just society. This month and every month, let’s recommit ourselves to ensuring all women and girls have an equal shot at pursuing their dreams. #TBT

Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz

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On #EarthDay, the U.S. and China will both sign and join the global agreement to combat climate change. Here’s why that’s a big deal: The #ParisAgreement will take effect once countries accounting for 55% of global carbon emissions formally sign and join. This is big news because the U.S. and China together account for nearly 40% of global emissions. 🌎

3/28/16: White House Press Briefing

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

The White House Hosts a Convening on Women and the Criminal Justice System

The White House hosts a convening on Women and the Criminal Justice System. In honor of Women’s History Month and in the lead up to the United State of Women Summit, this event brings together justice-involved women and girls, family members of incarcerated individuals, women serving in law enforcement and other leading advocates for a more equitable and effective justice system, March 30, 2016.

President Obama Delivers Remarks on Commuting Prison Sentences

Today, the President announced 61 new grants of commutation to individuals serving years in prison under outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws. President Barack Obama ate lunch with formerly incarcerated individuals who have received commutations, and delivered remarks at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C., March 30, 2016.

“America is a nation of second chances.” Today President Obama granted clemency to 61 Americans serving years in prison under outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws. To date, the President has now commuted more people than the last six presidents combined. Click the link in the bio to see the President drop by a meeting with a few folks whose prison sentences were commuted.

President Obama hugs Kemba Smith during a surprise drop by with formerly incarcerated individuals who have received commutations. The President then invited them to lunch at Busboys & Poets.