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Drug convicts freed early under new sentencing changes

Kenneth Evans holds a composite of photographs of his son Tuan Evans, as he poses for a photograph at his home in Temple Hills, Md. Drug criminals once described by prosecutors as unrepentant repeat offenders are among those poised to benefit from new sentencing guidelines that are shrinking punishments for thousands of federal prisoners, according to an Associated Press review of court records. Evans' son Tuan Evans is scheduled for early release from prison, the result of new sentencing guideline ranges that trim punishment lengths for convicted drug criminals. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Kenneth Evans holds a composite of photographs of his son, Tuan Evans, at Kenneth Evans’ home in Temple Hills, Md. Drug criminals once described by prosecutors as unrepentant repeat offenders are among those poised to benefit from new sentencing guidelines that are shrinking punishments for thousands of federal prisoners. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Three dozen convicts are being freed in Wisconsin because of a change to prison sentence calculations for drug crimes.

The 36 inmates are among thousands nationwide who are having their prison sentences reduced as a result of the change to drug sentencing guideline calculations made last year by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Mike Klug is chief U.S. probation officer for the Eastern District in Wisconsin. He says the majority of the 36 inmates to be released Friday are in the Milwaukee area. The inmates have been in halfway houses.

The Journal Sentinel reports inmates in eastern Wisconsin are getting an average of 21 months cut from their sentences of about 10 years. Nationally, the average is 23 months.

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