The Justice Department will release about 6,000 inmates early to ease overcrowding in federal prisons across the country. The move signals the department’s interest in sentencing reform, an issue that has attracted bipartisan support. While two thirds of the released inmates will go to halfway houses and other rehabilitation programs, one third of the released inmates, who are foreign citizens, will be deported. We’ll discuss the implications of this policy change and the practicalities of carrying it out.


  • Marc Mauer Executive Director of the Sentencing Project, and editor of "Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment" (New Press)
  • John McCarthy State's Attorney, Montgomery County, Maryland (D)
  • Christie Thompson Staff writer, The Marshall Project @cm_thompson3

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