President Barack Obama has commuted the sentences of eight individuals convicted of crack cocaine offenses.
In a statement, Obama said the commutation “is an important step toward restoring fundamental ideals of justice and fairness” and noted that he signed legislation in 2010 to narrow the disparity between penalties for crimes related to powder and crack cocaine.
Obama has pushed to change criminal justice policy to correct what his administration calls unfairness in sentencing and to keep down the cost of lengthy incarcerations for non-violent crimes.
Kate Middleton and Prince William have visited ex-offender charity Only Connect in London's Pentonville Road to learn about how it helps former prisoners and young people at risk of offending.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore the same Orla Kiely dress she wore to The Art Room in February 2012. The dress sold out within minutes of her appearing in it at the engagement in Oxford.
The royal couple arrived at Only Connect's head office for a tour of the building and met charity workers.