Hundreds of Marylanders will be among federal drug prisoners released early

By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun

Hundreds of Marylanders will be among the federal prisoners to be released early beginning next month, under new drug sentencing guidelines meant to relieve overcrowding and shorten what many see as draconian sentences.

The move has won praise from sentencing reform advocates, who say harsh drug sentences have disproportionately affected the poor and minorities. It's also drawing concern from some law enforcement leaders, who worry about the impact of a large release. Click here to read the Baltimore Sun article.