More than 500 NM inmates could be released early

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – More than 500 federal inmates sentenced in New Mexico for drug crimes could be released early over the next six years.

It would be the result of recent changes approved by the U.S. Sentencing Commission as a strategy to relive prison over-crowding.

It becomes effective Nov. 1 unless Congress votes against it.

Judges nationwide will have one year to begin holding hearings on inmate requests to reduce sentences.

Judges will decide whether the sentences will be reduced. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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