6,000 People to be Released from Federal Prison Nov. 1st Due to New Drug Sentencing Guidelines

6,000 People to be Released from Federal Prison Nov. 1st Due to New Drug Sentencing Guidelines

Move Will Right Some Wrongs of Extreme Drug Sentencing Laws

WASHINGTON, DC — Starting November 1, 6,000 federal prisoners are to be released from federal prison, a move that is the result of changes made by the U.S. Sentencing Commission last year that lowered federal sentencing guidelines for people convicted under draconian drug war-era laws.

“It warms my heart to hear that 6,000 people will be coming home,” said Anthony Papa, manager of media relations at the Drug Policy Alliance, who spent 12 years behind bars on a mandatory minimum…

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