Thousands of drug offenders will be released early - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Thousands of drug offenders will be released early

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WSIL – Twenty-six thousand drug offenders will receive a shorter prison sentence because of changes to sentencing guidelines put in place two years ago.

The U.S. Sentencing Commission, an independent panel, said 70 percent of the drug criminals who sought the reduction have received it.

The guideline change happened in 2014, aimed to substantially lower sentencing for those crimes. The Commission had estimated more than 46,000 inmates could be eligible.

On average, inmate’s sentences were cut by two years.

Advocates of this change believe the early releases will cut prison costs and also change the status quo of routine harsh punishments.

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