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Justice Department Says Violent Felons Will Be Home In Time For Bull And Bread Day

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Violent offenders will be released early under new federal sentencing guidelines.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two drug felons are expected to be released to the territory around November 1 under new federal sentencing guidelines, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

The early release will affect 6,000 drug felons nationwide, with 1,869 expected to be deported to their nations of origin and 4,131 to be returned to their native state, commonwealth or territory, the Justice Department said.

Some 50 drug felons will go back to San Juan, Puerto Rico and two will return to Hagåtña, Guam, the federal government reported.

Here are how many inmates each state, commonwealth and territory can expect, according to the U.S. Justice Department. (The numbers are as of Sept. 26.)

Alaska: five; Alabama: 107; Arkansas: 50; Arizona: 35; California: 229; Colorado: 42; Connecticut: 32; District of Columbia: 12; Delaware: four; Florida: 295; Georgia: 167; Hawaii: 31; Iowa: 145; Idaho: 23; Illinois: 253; Indiana: 59; Kansas: 33; Kentucky: 49; Louisiana: 60; Massachusetts: 20; Maryland: 92; Maine: 19; Michigan: 83; Minnesota: 52; Missouri: 129; Mississippi: 56; Montana: 24; North Carolina: 218; North Dakota: 23; Nebraska: 53; New Hampshire: 7; New Jersey: 21; New Mexico: 16; Nevada: 12; New York: 141; Ohio: 97; Oklahoma: 58; Oregon: 13; Pennsylvania: 97; Rhode Island: 7; South Carolina: 102; South Dakota: 17; Tennessee: 150; Texas: 578; Utah: 19; Virginia: 160; Vermont: six; Washington: 39; Wisconsin: 50; West Virginia: 59; Wyoming: 28.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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