Report: Obama Has Already Released a Third of the 6,000 Prisoners He Plans to Put Back on the Streets

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President Obama’s plan to put 6,000 prisoners back on U.S. streets is already way beyond the planning phase.

From New York Magazine:

On Tuesday, the New York TimesWashington Post, and other outlets reported that 6,000 federal drug offenders would be released early — “starting at the end of this month,” as the Times put it — specifically, October 30 to November 2.

The prisoners’ terms are being retroactively shortened as a result of softened sentencing guidelines for drug dealers.

What was lost in much of the first wave of reporting about the plan, though, is that thousands of the offenders are already out of prison.

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