Commission OKs Early Release for Drug Felons

Tens of thousands of federal inmates serving time for drug crimes may be eligible for early release under a cost-cutting proposal adopted Friday by the U.S. Sentencing Commission. The panel, which earlier this year voted to substantially lower recommended sentences for drug-dealing felons, voted unanimously to retroactively apply that change to prisoners now behind bars. That could affect more than 46,000 inmates, the Associated Press reports. Under the proposed process, a judge would review the case of each prisoner to decide if release would jeopardize public safety. Releases would start in November 2015 and be phased in over a period of years. Congress has until this November to voice opposition to the plan. WATE has the story.