For a long time, drugs have been a hot issue in most political circles. It is clear that there are disagreements about the way that drug crimes are punished and what drugs should be made more allowable. In certain states, the legalization of marijuana has changed the way that drugs are viewed and what is actually a criminal amount of a drug to own.
More recently federal changes in the way that people are being sentenced for drug related crimes have made it so that many people could be released from prison early. Since federal drug crimes sentencing limits have gone down, many people could be looking at an average of two years off of their sentence. This is great news for some prisoners and for their families.