NEW YORK FILM
By Jack Barnes
It’s a new day for thousands of men and women stuck behind bars.
In an effort to decrease widespread prison overpopulation and lessen the resulting heavy price tags, the United States Sentencing Commission recently found a positive solution to the issue: drug sentences are being heavily reduced. The move comes in response to the extreme federal penalties tied to America’s war on drugs. President Barack Obama is on-board, too, having pushed criminal justice reform to the top of his agenda. So far, the statistics are no joke: In early November, more than 6,000 federal inmates were released early. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump.
With one fix, though, always come another problem. The fact that so many prisoners with lower-level offenses are returning home sooner is worthy of applause, but what happens once they’re outside their respective jail’s quarters? Are they ready for the real world’s harsh truths and often cold-shouldered demeanor? Will they emerge more scarred than when they entered? Read More…
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