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.