The Department of Justice are releasing over 6,000 convicted drug traffickers from federal prison.
Some are calling it the largest one time release of federal prisoners in history.
These convicts are being released back into their communities with 68 of them are coming to Louisiana.
Marjorie Esman, the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana says that there is no need to panic.
She said, “These are people who have been deemed not dangerous. They’ve been through a process in which a federal judge has determined that that they are safe to release and they did not need to be confined any longer”.
The move to release these prisoners stems from changes made to federal sentencing regulations during the height of Americas’ war on crime.
Some consider this to be the first step towards national criminal justice reform.
In conjunction with the release of these prisoners, President Obama announced Monday that he is directing federal agencies to “ban the box”, prohibiting them from asking prospective government employees about their criminal histories on job applications.
He said, “The problem that were trying to solve is not just to keep on catching people and putting them back in jail. The problem that were trying to solve here is giving people a foundation to which they can be productive citizens”.
Even with the motivations behind it, it is not wrong to be concerned about these 68 criminals being released in Louisiana.
There is always a chance that they could jump right back what they were doing, but the idea behind the criminal justice system has always been to rehabilitate.
Hopefully these 68 criminals take full advantage of their second chance.
No list of the prisoners is being released.
Federal privacy laws will keep that information from being released to the public.