HomeNews WirePresident Trump Just Released More Than 450 Oklahoma Inmates from Prison Editor November 7, 2019 President Trump commuted the sentences of over 450 prison inmates in Oklahoma this week. This was larger than any other single-day commutation in U.S. history, even Obama's. Those individuals that were released were all imprisoned over non-serious drug and property crimes. A recent bill that was passed downgraded the severity of these crimes turning drug possession and less serious property crimes into misdemeanors. AOL reported, Releasing the inmates will save Oklahoma an estimated $11.9 million over the cost of continuing to keep them behind bars, according to the governor's office. The board last week considered 814 cases and recommended 527 inmates for commutation. However, 65 are being held on detainers, leaving about 462 inmates to be released on Monday. "It feels amazing to be on the other side of the fence," said Tess Harjo, a 28-year-old who was released Monday from the Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Taft, Oklahoma. Harjo was sentenced to 15 years in prison after her Okmulgee County conviction last year for possession of methamphetamines. She said she was surprised at the number of women she met in prison serving long sentences for drug crimes. "I have met many women in here who came from a medium- or maximum-security prison who have already served 18 or more years," Harjo said. "It's ridiculous." The largest single-day mass commutation prior to this one by President Trump was by former President Obama who on his last day in office, commuted the sentences of 330 prisoners who were being held for drug-related crimes. In my opinion that drugs should not be illegal in America. Don't get me wrong, that's not the same as me saying that people should do them or that I think they are good to do. For the most part, I think that they are terrible with no good purpose. At the same time, I don't think it's the role of the government to tell us we can or cannot have. This contradicts our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, even if these are bad choices to try and attain any of the three.