Beginning last Friday the largest mass release of prisoners in American history began. Of the total of 6,122 prisoners to be released into their communities, 1,764 are non-citizens who will be turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for possible deportation (at least that’s what we are being told). This is all part of the federal government’s retroactive sentencing reductions for nonviolent drug offenders program, put into place because of the perception that our drug laws target African-Americans. Eventually about 50,000 prisoners may receive sentence reduction and early release. The federal sentencing reductions officially went into effect Friday.
Also last week a Long Island fisherman who happens to be Caucasian, Anthony Joseph (shown above) was sentenced to 7 months prison, a $603,000 fine and 3 years of supervised released following his incarceration for overfishing fluke and lying to the government about it–a crime, however IMHO a minor one compared to the ones committed by the convicts freed and the ones to be freed.
Judicial Watch reports
It’s part of the administration’s criminal justice reform movement to reduce jail time as a way of ending racial discrimination and enforce the overreaching federal regulations of a bloated government. Back in 2010 President Obama signed a measure that for the first time in decades relaxed drug-crime sentences he claimed discriminated against poor and minority offenders.