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Obama: Nonviolent Prisoners can Now Apply for Early Release to Prevent Overcrowding

Inmates at Chino State Prison exercise in the yard in Chino, California in this file photo.
 It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, 
 the Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Inmates at Chino State Prison exercise in the yard in Chino, California in this file photo. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, the Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON— The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release — and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It’s...


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