Report: Justice Dept. to Release 6,000 Nonviolent Drug Offenders

The Justice Department will release as many as 6,000 nonviolent drug offenders from federal prison at the end of the month in one of the largest one-time discharges of inmates in the nation’s history, federal officials said Tuesday.

The move, to occur from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, is being undertaken to ease overcrowding and scale back some of the harsh sentences meted out to nonviolent offenders in the 1980s and 1990s, The New York Times reports.

The Bureau of Prisons is arranging for many of the inmates to first be moved into halfway houses, an official told the Times.