Obama issued a statement saying, "If they had been sentenced under the current law, many of them would have already served their time and paid their debt to society." I'm sorry, what debt is that? To whom is it owed, exactly? On the contrary, those responsible for stealing years of freedom from other human beings for engaging in voluntary acts are the ones who have an unfathomably large debt to pay.
Eight lives have been improved by this act of clemency. It's a start. But there are thousands more serving ridiculously harsh sentences because we all lost our minds about crack cocaine in the 1980s. And there are hundreds of thousands more serving some kind of sentence for non-violent drug offenses in federal and state prisons in the US. They should all receive complete pardons and somehow be compensated for the grave injustice they have endured at the hands of the very people charged to prevent injustice.