Sheriffs fume at mass release of 6,000 federal inmates

by Adam Shaw  |  published on November 12, 2015

Local sheriffs across America are voicing concern for the safety of the citizens they’ve sworn to protect after the biggest one-time release of federal inmates in U.S. history — though advocates of criminal justice reform maintain the release is being handled responsibly.

The 6,112 inmates were released from federal prison at the beginning of November in response to a decision by the U.S. Sentencing Commission to reduce sentences for most drug trafficking offenses and apply them retroactively. It coincides with a broader and bipartisan push for rethinking federal sentencing.

But the mass release raises immediate practical questions about how the ex-inmates can adjust.

  • john

    Illegal immigrants running rampant, releasing criminals early, bringing syrian refugees (ISIS ) here, at our expense by the way.Tell me what else can that Idiot in the White House do to terrorize the people of this Country. And why is Congress sitting on their dead a$$e$ and letting him get away with it.

  • DOC

    No bodies in jail there don’t get paid

  • Dave N.

    The people being released are people who have
    been convicted of felonies, basically they committed crimes that exceeded city,
    county, and state authority. The majority had multiple felonies and a rap sheet
    from the local authorities as well. These people are primarily drug dealers,
    not just casual users that got caught while attending a local kegger, these are
    the kind of people that sell drugs and destroy people’s lives. Many of these
    individuals also have a history of violence. With a possible exception of a
    very few these people should finish their sentences for crimes committed. I can
    find little sympathy for these people, with the only exception for a very small
    number whose records would truly support release.

  • VM Sheppard

    It would be useful information to know what the conditions are for release. (Is this their only incarceration, or have they been in prison multiple times?) Not all prisoners are violent or career criminals, and some are incarcerated for making a stupid mistake. SOME deserve a 2nd chance, but some should never breathe another breath of free air again. Isn’t that the way it works now?

    Given our current leadership, I would assume that the violent and career criminals are the ones being released. Am I too cynical, or what? How can anyone have a valid opinion without knowing the facts? Why can’t we get the pertinent details?

  • bobnstuff

    Gee, a year in planning, 70% going to half way houses, the illegals being deported and everyone of them being released because they were given to long a sentence in the first place. Anyone who has had dealing with the criminal justice system knows that it is broken. Getting these people out of jail my be a first step in fixing it.

  • VirgoVince

    So, Sheriffs, when you find them again, don’t waste time, money and energy arresting the garbage, just SHOOT THEM ON THE SPOT and be done with it!! THAT’S ‘criminal justice,’ ‘being handled responsibly!!’

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