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Largest One-Time Release Of Federal Prisoners Begins

The largest one-time release of American prisoners begins today. More than 6,000 people who have been serving time in federal prison for drug offenses, and who have had their sentences reduced under new guidelines, will get out over the next few days.

Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti talks with Andrew Cohen of The Marshall Project, which covers criminal justice, about who’s being released, where they’re going and what impact this will have on the notoriously-overcrowded federal prison system.

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A protestor holds up a sign calling for the release of Shaker Aamer from Guantanamo prison in 2011. Aamer was the last British resident of the US war-on-terror camp at Guantanamo Bay, and has been cleared for release since 2007. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
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A protestor holds up a sign calling for the release of Shaker Aamer from Guantanamo prison in 2011. Aamer was the last British resident of the US war-on-terror camp at Guantanamo Bay, and has been cleared for release since 2007. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)