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6,000 US drug inmates to be released as part of prison reform plan

  • The United States is releasing about 6,000 people who were jailed for drug crimes as part of an effort to reform the criminal justice system. 

    Non-violent offenders constitute around half of the US federal prison population. The Obama administration has made such reforms one of its priorities.

    Initially, thousands of offenders are being released within 3-4 days. This is only the first batch of many such releases, reports say. However, the future of non-US citizens following their release is not entirely clear.

     

     

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