6,000 Federal Prisoners Could Get Early Release Next Month
Thanks to retroactive sentencing reforms, 6,000 federal prisoners could be getting out of jail at the start of November.By Matt Picht | October 6, 2015
The Justice Department is about to release 6,000 federal prisoners early during the first week of November, with another group of about 8,500 possibly up for release over the next year.
In 2014, the independent U.S. Sentencing Commission voted to reduce sentences for nonviolent drug offenders — and applied those changes retroactively.
The move should help free up some space in federal prisons, which the DOJ estimates are operating at about 30 percent above capacity, though that prison population has declined recently. (Video via PBS)