Feds Order 6,000 Inmates Be Released From Prison This Month

ADELANTO, CA - NOVEMBER 15: A guard sits in the 'segregation block' at the Adelanto Detention Facility on November 15, 2013 in Adelanto, California. Most detainees in segregation cells are sent there for fighting with other immigrants, according to guards. The facility, the largest and newest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), detention center in California, houses an average of 1,100 immigrants in custody pending a decision in their immigration cases or awaiting deportation. The average stay for a detainee is 29 days. The facility is managed by the private GEO Group. ICE detains an average of 33,000 undocumented immigrants in more than 400 facilities nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Feds Order 6,000 Inmates Be Released From Prison This Month

More than 6,000 prisoners will be released from prison thanks to new sentencing guidelines for drug crimes approved by the U.S. Sentencing Commission in 2014.

Published October 7, 2015

Changes are coming in combating the issue of high sentencing rates for non-violent drug offenders in the U.S. The Justice Department has ordered that 6,000 prisoners that fall under this category be released between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. 

The former inmates will be transferred to halfway houses while others may face deportation, Fox News reports. The prison facilities were given a year's notice that these individuals would eventually be released when the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted to reduce sentences last November. 

"Even with the Sentencing Commission’s reductions, drug offenders will have served substantial prison sentences. Moreover, these reductions are not automatic," Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said in a statement.

"Under the Commission's directive, Federal judges are required to carefully consider public safety in deciding whether to reduce an inmate’s sentence."

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