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President Obama commuted his sentence — now he’s back in Georgia jail

A convicted drug trafficker who had his sentence commuted by President Barack Obama is back in jail.

Bruce Lamar Thompson, 54, of Crandall, is being held without bond in the Murray County Jail on a drug-trafficking charge, the Dalton Daily Citizen-News reported.

Thompson was released from federal custody in April 2016 after he was one of 95 people nationwide whose sentences were commuted by Obama in December 2015, according to the report.

Thompson, who was listed as a Dalton resident at the time of the commutation, was convicted in federal court in Rome of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute in excess of 500 grams of methamphetamine after having a previous felony drug conviction. He was sentenced in July 2004 to 20 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release.

Some of Obama’s commutations were said to be "part of an ongoing effort within the White House to rethink a criminal justice system that critics say has resulted in overly harsh and expensive punishment for thousands of drug offenders," The Associated Press reported at the time. "The commutations ... mostly benefit nonviolent drug offenders ..."

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