6,000 Federal Prisoners Released, But Where Did They Go?
The United States’ prisoner population is 20% of the world’s prison population, making the United States the “world’s largest jailer”—but this is nothing to boast about. The Prison Crisis, ACLU, https://www.aclu.org/prison-crisis (last visited Feb. 21, 2016). The War on Drugs, the longest war in American history, has significantly contributed to the nation’s rising incarceration rate over the past 30 years. A Brief History of the Drug War, Drug Pol’y Alliance, http://www.drugpolicy.org/new-solutions-drug-policy/brief-history-drug-war (last visited Feb. 21, 2016). The federal prison system’s budget is $9 billion of the Department of Justice’s $27 billion budget. Sara Horwitz, Justice Department Set to Free 6,000 Prisoners, Largest One-Time Release, Wash. Post (Oct. 6, 2015), https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/justice-department-about-to-free-6000-prisoners-largest-one-time-release/2015/10/06/961f4c9a-6ba2-11e5-aa5b-f78a98956699_story.html. However, the burgeoning prison population and its outrageous costs have led administrative agencies and legislators to implement efforts to reduce the federal prison population. (more…)