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See also "A Step Toward Justice ..." (New York Times).
"Take 6,000. That’s how many federal prisoners are to be released over a fourday period beginning Oct. 30 by the Justice Department, following a decision last year by the United States Sentencing Commission to reduce sentencing guidelines for many nonviolent drug crimes. It is being called one of the largest discharges of inmates from federal prisons in American history. If this sounds frightening, perhaps a little perspective would help. For starters, more than 2.3 million people are behind bars in America. More than 10,000 of them are released from state and federal prisons every week, and more than 650,000 every year."