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Thousands Of Drug Offenders May Be Eligible For Early Release

(Washington, DC) -- Tens of thousands of inmates locked up on drug offenses may be getting out of federal prison early. This, after the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted Friday in favor of changing sentencing guidelines to knock almost two years off the prison terms of some non-violent drug offenders. Under the agreed-to-plan, the sentencing change would likely take effect on November 1st. It could impact as many as 50-thousand people.

The Justice Department recently urged the commission to take action so only about 20-thousand federal drug offenders would be eligible for the early release. That would exclude those with violent records and offenders nabbed with large quantities of drugs.