The Release of the 6,000: This Week's Early Prison Departures in Facts and Figures

The Justice Department is willing to let felons be bygones, but with strings attached.

If you are in prison right now, and you've noticed a little extra elbow room on the yard, that might be due to the Justice Department releasing 6,000 (primarily) drug felons a few years sooner than strict sentencing would dictate.

If it's any consolation as you count the bars along your tier once again, none of these released prisoners is entirely free, and approximately one-third of them may soon be facing more trouble outside than they were inside. 

If something about all this doesn't make sense, add up the numbers in the charts below, and everything will be perfectly clear.