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 John Letter Pens Open Letter To President Barack Obama

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Soulful singer John Legend has always paired social consciousness with his artistic talents. Beyond his woke tweets, the 37-year-old has been an outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform, working passionately with his #FreeAmerica initiative.

With President Barack Obama’s time in office just weeks from ending, the 10-time Grammy award winning artist petitions the Commander in Chief to pardon non violent drug offenders doing hard time.

This is a personal cause for Legend, whose mother was imprisoned after struggling from depression and drug abuse, according to Rolling Stone.

Legend thanks Barack for what he’s done in office thus far, but pleads there is more to be done.

“Your actions to commute the sentences of 944 individuals, including 324 life sentences, is unprecedented in the modern era. Nonetheless, more action is needed to dismantle the unjust policies of the past 40 years. An estimated 36,000 non-violent drug offenders housed in federal prisons have sought relief under your clemency initiative and it is unclear how many of the remaining cases will be reviewed before you leave.”

You can read the full letter here.

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