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Over 6,000 U.S. Inmates to Be Released from Federal Prisons This Month

Over 6,000 U.S. Inmates to Be Released from Federal Prisons This Month

In what will be one of the largest discharges of prisoners U.S. history, approximately 6,000 inmates are set to be released from federal prisons starting at the end of this month. This effort is part of a plan to ease massive prison overcrowding (the U.S. has one-quarter of the world’s prison population) and revoke some of the harsh penalties imposed upon non-violent drug offenses stemming from the drug war of 1980s and 1990s. In addition, this move will reduce the massive burden currently placed on the Justice Department’s budget, which both Democrats and Republicans agree needs to be reduced.

In April of 2013, the U.S. Sentencing Commission agreed to reduce the penalties for many non-violent drug offenses, many of which involved the use and sale of crack cocaine. These new guidelines are now being applied retroactively to prisoners who were serving long drug sentences. Prisoners can now request that their sentences be re-assessed by a federal judge, who will also consider their behavior in prison to determine whether or not they should be released.

This move is regarded by people on both ends of the political spectrum as a crucial step towards necessary prison reforms. Many people feel that word of the discharge is great news for minority communities, who they consider to have been disproportionally affected by a failed war on drugs.

The Bureau of Prisons is currently preparing for the influx of inmates who will soon enter probation and re-entry programs. The releases are set to take place between October 30 and November 2, 2015. Approximately one-third of the inmates set to be released are undocumented immigrants who will be deported.

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If you have been arrested and are facing drug charges in Los Angeles, you need the help of an aggressive and experienced attorney. Drug convictions can have serious consequences that could have a significant impact on not only your freedom, but your future prospects as well.

Don’t risk a drug conviction – get in touch with a Los Angeles drug crimes lawyer at Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners as soon as possible to begin preparing your defense. We are also able to assist clients who are eligible for re-sentencing and/or early release for certain low-priority, non-violent felonies under California Proposition 47.

To learn more about how a drug crimes lawyer from our firm can help, please contact us today to discuss your case.


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