News Flash: Department of Justice to Release 6,000 Federal Prisoners by November 2, 2015 (Updated 10-11-15)
Date:  10-06-2015

"Drugs Minus Two" sentencing action will open the door for thousands more by November 2016
Via The Washington Post

Justice Department set to free 6,000 prisoners, largest one-time release

By Sari Horwitz

October 6, 2015

The Justice Department is set to release about 6,000 inmates early from prison — the largest ever one-time release of federal prisoners — in an effort to reduce overcrowding and provide relief to drug offenders who received harsh sentences over the past three decades.

The inmates from federal prisons nationwide will be set free by the department’s Bureau of Prisons between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. Most of them will go to halfway houses and home confinement before being put on supervised release.

The early release follows action by the U.S. Sentencing Commission — an independent agency that sets sentencing policies for federal crimes — which reduced the potential punishment for future drug offenders last year and then made that change retroactive.

Read full Washington Post Article here.

Update: On October 9, 2015 The Marshall Project published "Meet the Federal Prisoners about to be Released," which profiles those who will reenter the community shortly. Read it here.