U.S. inmates urged to seek early release

Cutting prison population, fairer sentencing are goals

Posted: April 24, 2014 at 5:18 a.m.

U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole said Wednesday that older, harsher punishments “erode people’s confidence in our criminal-justice system.”

President Barack Obama’s administration is encouraging some nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release. It’s an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government said.

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