BALTIMORE —Hundreds of Marylanders in federal prison are about to receive their "get out of jail early" cards.
The move is part of new sentencing guidelines for non-violent offenders nationwide. This reduced sentences are for people convicted in drug trafficking cases in federal court.
Supporters say the shift is a way to end harsh sentences, though others worry what will happen once they come back into their communities.
Thanks to a vote last year by the independent U.S Sentencing Commission, the prison doors on Nov. 1 will open early for roughly 140 Marylanders convicted in federal drug trafficking cases.