A Startling Discovery Was Just Made About The 6,000 Criminals Obama Will Release Early
Among the 6000 federal prisoners set to be released at the end of the month under new drug sentencing guidelines, the Associated Press discovered nearly 100 had past convictions for other crimes or very serious drug-related offenses.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission, an independent agency, reduced the punishment for both future drug offenders and those serving sentences for past convictions. The Washington Post reports that: “Congress did not act to disapprove the change to the sentencing guidelines, so it became effective on Nov. 1, 2014. The commission then gave the Justice Department a year to prepare for the huge release of inmates.”
The panel estimates that of the approximately 100,000 drug offenders in federal prison, 46,000 of them will be eligible for release in the upcoming months and years. Under the new guidelines, an average of about two years will be shaved off their sentences, meaning on average they will serve 8.5 rather than 10.5 years, according to a Justice Department official.
“Even with the Sentencing Commission’s reductions, drug offenders will have served substantial prison sentences,” Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said. “Moreover, these reductions are not automatic. Under the commission’s directive, federal judges are required to carefully consider public safety in deciding whether to reduce an inmate’s sentence.”
The Associated Press found several instances of those granted reduced sentences who would appear to pose a risk to the public.