Today, President Obama commuted the sentences of eight nonviolent drug offenders — including Clarence Aaron, a man who was sentenced to three life sentences in 1993 for his role in arranging a cocaine deal.

“He was absolutely overcome,” Aaron’s attorney told the New York Times. “Actually, I was, too. He was in tears. This has been a long haul for him, 20 years. He just was speechless, and it’s very exciting.”

Six of the eight were serving life sentences for their nonviolent crimes — including Stephanie George, who got life in 1997 when she let her boyfriend stash his crack in her home.