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5 things to know about drug laws, prison sentences

July 21, 2014
By SHARON COHEN - National Writer , Associated Press

Decades of tough drug laws have contributed to a dramatic rise in the federal prison population, with inmates serving more time behind bars. The Obama administration recently encouraged nonviolent federal inmates - most of them drug offenders - to apply for early release. The announcement comes at a time of growing calls for drug sentencing reform, away from the severe punishment. Here are five things to know about the issue:



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