Justice Department Set To Free 6,000 Prisoners, Largest One-Time Release

The early releases follow action by the U.S. Sentencing Commission — an independent agency that sets sentencing policies for federal crimes — that reduced the potential punishment for future drug offenders last year and then made that change retroactive.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Justice Department is set to release about 6,000 inmates early from prison — the largest one-time release of federal prisoners — in an effort to reduce overcrowding and provide relief to drug offenders who received harsh sentences over the past three decades, according to U.S. officials. The inmates from federal prisons nationwide Read the full article…

Indian Tribes Get OK To Grow And Sell Pot

As Washington state moved forward with legalization last year, the Yakama Nation took a strong stand against marijuana, insisting that it remain banned on the tribe’s 1.2 million-acre reservation and that violators face federal prosecution.

OREGON: Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands — even in states that ban the practice — as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday. Some advocates said the announcement could open new markets across the country Read the full article…