Stephen Lam/ Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — One of the three Americans who helped stop a terrorist attack on a train this August in France has been stabbed and is in stable condition, a defense department official confirmed to ABC News.
Spencer Stone was reportedly attacked overnight in Sacramento, Calif.
The defense official told ABC News that Stone, a member of the U.S. Air Force, is believed to have been attacked between midnight and 1 a.m. PT Thursday.
ABC News affiliate KXTV reported that the victim in the stabbing, identified by the defense official as Stone, suffered multiple stab wounds to his torso.
An Air Force spokesperson confirmed to ABC News that Stone has been transported to a local hospital and is currently being treated for his injury. He is in stable condition. The incident is under investigation by local law enforcement.
Stone, 23, was traveling on board a train headed to Paris with two friends when the train came under attack by a gunman.
Stone ran at the gunman and later said in an interview released by the Pentagon that he remembered thinking "I'm going to get shot, I'm dead."
Stone lives in Carmichael, Calif., a suburb of Sacramento. He had to have surgery to reattach his thumb after it was cut off with a box cutter by the attacker on the train.
Stone and his friends Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler received the Legion of Honor medal, France's highest honor.
Skarlatos posted a message on Twitter Thursday morning once news broke of Stone's injury.
Everybody send prayers out to the stone family today
Sabrina Pugsley (OAK RIDGE, N.J.) -- More than $15,000 has been raised by a campaign to get Pedals, a bear who roams a New Jersey town walking upright like a human due to injuries, a home at a wildlife sanctuary in New York.
The black bear, who is missing his right front paw and whose left front paw "just dangles uselessly" has been spotted and filmed walking on his hind legs around Oak Ridge, N.J., for over a year now, according to resident Sabrina Pugsley, who started a Facebook and GoFundMe page for Pedals.
"When he was first spotted last year, we were all hoping that it was a minor injury and that he would heal, but he's still not OK," Pugsley told ABC News. "You can see that walking upright is taking a toll on him. He can't run, climb or defend himself or even eat properly."
The Orphaned Wildlife Center, a nonprofit wildlife rescue and sanctuary in Otisville, N.Y., recently learned about Pedals and contacted Pugsley with an offer last week, according to board member Kerry Clair.
"From looking at videos and photos of Pedals, he appears to be severely underweight going into winter," Clair told ABC News. "Our second concern is that bears don't typically come to residential areas unless they're starving. And because he's missing his paw and can't walk right, how can he even dig himself a den and defend himself from other larger, aggressive bears?"
The center added that after "critical evaluation" it decided that it could take Pedals in and possibly rehabilitate the black bear by building an enclosure and specialized den for him.
The goal of $15,000 was reached this past Wednesday, according to Pedals' GoFundMe page, but the center is still waiting to get approval from the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife for Pedals' transfer.
Last Friday, the division wrote on Facebook that its "biologists believe it is best not to intervene or make attempts to capture this bear" but if "the condition and health of the bear clearly deteriorates" then biologists would respond accordingly.
A spokesman for the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife told ABC News on Thursday that the division is now aware of the Orphaned Wildlife Center's offer and is "currently reviewing the situation."
The Orphaned Wildlife Center is currently caring for 12 adult bears, including one named Frankie, who has been rehabilitated after being in a coma due to a car accident that also killed Frankie's mom.
Courtesy Philippe Morgese(DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla.) -- A Florida father is trying to change the world, one ponytail at a time.
Phillipe Morgese of Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, became the top story on Reddit after photos he posted of a hairstyling class he conducted went viral.
Morgese told ABC News that he started the class, called the "Daddy Daughter Hair Factory," to teach local fathers how to style their daughter's hair.
The 33-year-old single father has created intricate hairstyles for his nine-year-old daughter Emma, and he wanted to share his tips and tricks with other dads.
"Many of them struggled with basic hair care and styling," said Morgese. "I'm not a professional, but I had the best intentions and I was sure I could help."
Morgese held his first "Daddy Daughter Hair Factory" styling class at the International Academy in South Daytona, where he says owner Mez Varol was "thrilled" about the idea.
Seven dads attended the first session, and the lesson plan included "very basic detangling, brushing, ponytails, three strand braids and a standard bun." The fathers even received hair care goody bags.
"Most of the dads picked it right up and did some outstanding stuff," Morgese said.
The devoted dad wants to continue teaching parents his hairstyling tips, and is hoping to expand the "Daddy Daughter Hair Factory" into a weekly or bi-weekly class for both men and women.
"I think it's a service to the community and it is important to do our part," said Morgese.
He added: "The bond between a parent and their child is special. I hope this story inspires others to volunteer their time to help those in their community."
Quincy Police @quincymapolice/Twitter(QUINCY, Mass.) -- Dozens of firefighters battled a two-alarm fire that spread across at least five boats at a marina in Quincy, Massachusetts, Thursday morning, according to the Quincy Police Department.
The fire was first reported at 7:24 a.m. at the marina, where several people live on boats docked there, a Quincy Police spokesman told ABC News. The fire was finally contained about an hour later, and no injuries have been reported, he said.
Police marine units were able to tow and save five other boats next to the ones on fire, the spokesman added.
One boat may have sunk, and gasoline in the water is now being evaluated for cleanup by the Coast Guard and the Massachusetts Environmental Police, the spokesman said. He added that officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.
"This was a particularly difficult fire to fight because there was only one pier leading down to the boats, and firefighters needed to get a line from the land down to the end of the dock because the boats on fire were at the very end," the Quincy police spokesman said.
Firefighters were still hosing down smoking boats Thursday morning after the fire was put out to prevent another blaze from igniting, police said.
Bridgeport Police Department(BRIDGEPORT, Conn.) — A teenage girl bailed out of a moving car to escape after she was abducted on her way to school in Bridgeport, Conn. in an incident captured on surveillance video, authorities said.
Despite jumping out of the Toyota, the girl emerged uninjured from the attempted abduction on Oct. 5 at 7:15 a.m.
According to police, the girl had been walking to school when a charcoal Toyota Yaris pulled up alongside her.
The driver then allegedly lured the victim into the car and assaulted her, police said.
At some point, the girl "bailed out" of the car, which made a u-turn on the road.
Police said the victim described the suspect as a Hispanic woman in her 40s with a ponytail, freckles on her face and a black leather jacket.
Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the Bridgeport Detective Jeff Holtz at (203) 581-5293.
ABC News' Amy Robach sits down with Malala Yousafzai, and her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, ahead of the release of the new film, "He Named Me Malala." Credit: ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Malala Yousafzai is an international activist, bestselling author and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. Now she has a new title on her resume: movie star.
He Named Me Malala, a documentary film that opens nationwide Friday, traces the arc of Malala’s life -- from her childhood in Pakistan, to the Taliban’s assassination attempt when she was 15 years old and her courageous stand for girls’ education worldwide despite continued death threats.
Recently Yousafzai, 18, sat down for an interview with Good Morning America news anchor Amy Robach at a library in the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) in Manhattan. She was joined by her father, Ziauddin and Oscar-winning film director Davis Guggenheim (who is also Robach’s brother-in-law).
Robach asked the teen whether it was easy to forgive her Taliban attackers.
“Before the attack I had a little bit fear that ‘What if I'm attacked? What would happen? How would I feel?’” she said. “But after the attack I realized that now no one can stop me and I can now speak not just [for] people in Swat Valley or Pakistan, but [for] children across the world ... I felt stronger than before. They made a mistake.”
A REAL-LIFE TEENAGE GIRL
Throughout the film, Malala is frequently shown bickering with her younger brothers. She describes the little one, 9-year year-old Atal, as “a really good boy,” but of 14-year-old Khushal, she says, he is “the laziest one.” And when Khushal describes his older sister as “the naughtiest girl in the world,” she promptly beats him at arm wrestling.
It’s one of several moments that show Malala not just a hero –- but a real-life teenage girl.
Robach asked Malala why she trusted Guggenheim to see her, flaws and all.
“I trusted him and I thought he was going to be more (about) how good I am,” Malala answered, adding jokingly: "And then what came out was that my brothers were just speaking against me."
In one scene, Malala wonders out loud whether the students at her high school like her. She says that even though she has met rock stars and celebrities -- even England's Queen Elizabeth -- she still has to do homework, just like every student.
“To be honest I don’t feel comfortable in my new school. My skirt is longer than most of the girls and then my life is quite different than their life,” she said, adding that most of her peers have already had boyfriends. “It’s quite difficult to tell girls who really I am.”
In another scene, Malala is shown looking up various celebrities online, including actor Brad Pitt, tennis player Roger Federer, and cricket star Shane Watson. She insists she’s just a fan, and when pressed about whether she would ever ask a boy out she answers that she couldn’t because her parents would be so surprised.
When asked if she dates or has a boyfriend, Malala replied: “"I don’t have much time. My focus is on my education. Being with my family, my friends and doing this campaign.""
Malala’s campaign –- to ensure that every child gets 12 years of schooling -– has taken her around the world.
The film shows her at a girls’ school in Kenya, where she describes her life in the Swat Valley and asks students what they want to be when they grow up. In Nigeria, she meets with the parents of schoolgirls who were kidnapped by the militant group Boko Haram, and she celebrates her 18th birthday by opening a school for Syrian refugees at a refugee camp on the Lebanese border.
“I want to build more schools like that,” Malala told Robach, adding that world leaders should bear responsibility to see that every child goes to school.
Guggenheim said he hopes daughters will take their fathers to see the movie.
“I think they’ll learn that any girl anywhere can do something if Malala can do it,” he said.
The film, which took two years to make, is in many ways a love story between Malala and her father Ziauddin, a schoolteacher in their small village in Swat. He described making the movie as “a healing process” that helped their family move on from “the worst trauma in life.”
“We are one soul with two bodies,” he said of his relationship with his only daughter. “But the beauty of this bond is freedom. I respect her freedom and she respects my freedom.”
“A bit,” Malala interjected, laughing. “We have a lot of fights, arguments all the time.”
“When she challenges me, as a father I become happy,” Ziauddin told Robach. “If she can't challenge me, then how can she challenge the world?”
Ziauddin named his daughter after Malalai of Maiwand, a famous Pashtun warrior from Afghanistan who rallied fighters against the British troops, but his daughter said she chose her mission.
“I'm here, standing on this stage, becoming the voice of children. It's all my choice. And I want to spread this message because I want women and girls to be independent in deciding their life on their own, and -- to believe that their decisions really matter,” she said. “Through the film we want to call people to take action and to join us to ensure that every child has the right to go to school … to turn this movie into a movement.”
Kuzma/iStock/Thinkstock(SANFORD, Fla.) -- A recently released video shows the dramatic testimony of a domestic violence victim emotionally pleading with a judge as she is sentenced to jail time for ignoring a subpoena to appear at her alleged abuser's trial.
On July 30, when the video was taken, the mother of a 1-year-old child appeared before Judge Jerri Collins in a Seminole County courtroom for a contempt of court hearing.
"Your honor, I'm very sorry for not attending the last one," she said through tears. "I've been dealing with depression and just a lot personally since this happened. My anxiety is like, this is everyday for me."
According to court documents, the victim was holding her child inside a Florida residence April 2 when the child's father allegedly choked her and grabbed a kitchen knife. He was arrested. In a statement, the State Attorney's Office said the man accused in the case had a prior domestic violence battery conviction.
Court documents said that in June, the woman was served with a subpoena to appear in court for the July 22 trial. She did not appear.
During that July 30 contempt of court hearing, the woman said she had gone to a domestic abuse class and had asked for the charges to be dropped. The woman said, in her defense during the hearing, that she did not want the alleged abuser to be convicted because when he'd been jailed previously, he'd lost his job and had been unable to pay child support. She said she'd lost her house and was now homeless.
"We're trying to separate. ... I'm trying to move on with my life. ... I'm living at my parents' house. ... I had to sell everything I owned. I'm just not in a good place right now," she said.
The judge found her in contempt of court and sentenced her to three days in jail.
"You were required to be here by a court order," Collins said before issuing her decision. "You disobeyed a court order, knowing that this was not going to turn out well for the state."
According to the Department of Justice, victims' refusal to cooperate is "the prime reason prosecutors drop or dismiss domestic violence cases."
On the video, the victim can be heard wailing as she is handcuffed.
"Judge, I'll do anything. ... I have a 1-year-old son and I'm trying to take care of him by myself. I'm begging you, please, please don't," she said.
The State Attorney's Office said in a statement that domestic violence victims' cooperation with the criminal justice system was "integral" to the successful prosecution of abuse crimes.
"The case was poised for trial and a jury was sworn. The victim refused to attend court the day of trial, going so far as to tell the State Attorney's Office that she didn't care if she was arrested as a result of her not complying with the court's subpoena. The victim's decision to thwart the court process by refusing to cooperate, despite a properly issued subpoena for her to appear in court, triggered the State to pursue an Order to Show Cause against her, and the Court's subsequent sentence," the office said.
The State Attorney's Office said the alleged abuser had received 16 days in jail for simple battery and was ordered to pay court costs.
Jeanne Gold, the CEO of SafeHouse, an organization that offers shelter to abuse victims, said she'd approached Collins after the hearing in July and had told the judge the victim should have been given community service, not jail time.
The victim has since left the alleged abuser and continues to live with her parents.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Relatives of the 33 crew members who are missing after a cargo ship sank near the path of Hurricane Joaquin said the search for the crew members will be suspended on Wednesday.
The U.S. Coast Guard has been in charge of the search for survivors and relatives of the missing confirmed that they had been told by authorities that the search will stop at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The ship, called El Faro, sent a distress signal Thursday morning but no rescue boats were able to get close to the ship because weather conditions at the time were so harrowing due to the hurricane.
The storm impacted the search for the survivors as well since Hurricane Joaquin stayed in the area through much of Friday and into Saturday, meaning that the first full day of search and rescue did not start until Sunday, Coast Guard chief of response Capt. Mark Fedor said on Monday.
During that time, rescue teams did find one body in a survival suit, but it was "unidentifiable."
That person's remains were not recovered, as Fedor said that the rescuers were being called to other reports of signs of life, so after checking that the individual was deceased, they moved on in hopes of saving someone else, Fedor said Monday.
During a Wednesday press conference, U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Mark Fedor said that the ship's topside hatch was allowing water in, causing the ship to list to one side. He did not, however, have information related to why the hatch would have been open.
iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- Keisha Jenkins, a 22-year-old transgender woman from Philadelphia, was recently beaten and shot to death by a group of men, according to police, who said they are investigating whether her gender identity played a role in the slaying.
Jenkins is at least the 20th trans woman killed in the United States this year -- and the 18th trans woman of color, according to a report and statement published by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HCR) in partnership with the Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC).
The HCR and TPOCC are LGBTQ advocacy groups that have been working together since the beginning of the year to keep a running record of the violence transgender people face.
Jenkins was attacked and beaten by five to six unidentified men early Tuesday around 2:30 a.m., shortly after she was dropped off near Hunting Park, a Philadelphia Police Department spokesman told ABC News on Wednesday.
Police believe one of the attackers pulled a gun and fired two shots into Jenkins' back while she was on the ground.
She was unresponsive when police and medics arrived and was pronounced dead at the Einstein Medical Center at 2:53 a.m., police said, adding that the suspects are still at large and police are looking at all possible motives, including the possibility that her gender identity may have played a role in her killing.
Jenkins' death has sparked an outcry from the transgender community and advocates, including the HRC, which said in a statement that more action must be taken to address "what has become a nationwide epidemic of anti-transgender violence."
"Even in a moment of unprecedented visibility for transgender people, their right to simply live authentically is threatened daily by violence, with countless unreported or unseen cases falling behind scattered headlines," Judy Shepard wrote in an op-ed co-written with HRC President Chad Griffin for its website.
Shepard is the mother of Matthew Shepard, a gay man whose murder in 1988 "became a rallying cry for LGBT advocates around issues of bias-motivated violence," the HRC said.
Shepard's death, along with the murder of James Byrd Jr., a black man killed by white supremacists, led to the passage of a federal hate crimes prevention act in 2009, which extends a previously enacted law to include crimes based on gender, sexual orientation or disability.
Though Jenkins identified as a woman and used the pronouns "she" and "her" on her personal Facebook page, her sister Ronnia Jenkins told ABC News that their family didn't think she was transgender. Ronnia said Keisha went by "Stephen Jenkins and was a boy" most of the time when with the family "and only dressed like a girl sometimes."
"[She] was loving, caring and joking," Ronnia Jenkins said. "[She] loved to draw, and [she] was an artist. We'll miss [her]."
Keisha Jenkins' death is also being mourned by high-profile transgender celebrities and advocates.
"Another tragic loss," New York Times bestselling author and TV show host Janet Mock tweeted. "The state of emergency on black & Latina trans women's lives is real. #GirlsLikeUs"
iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ever want to catch a glimpse of a rocket in person? You may have a chance Wednesday night.
A rocket launch scheduled to blast off from NASA's Wallops Island facility in Virginia is set to put on a colorful show that could be visible from Long Island, New York, some 235 miles north of the launch site and all the way to Morehead City, North Carolina at 232 miles south.
The purpose of this suborbital flight is to test new spacecraft technologies. What makes this launch so special will come six minutes after liftoff when the rocket will eject four payloads of barium and strontium, which give off blue, green and red colors that could provide a fun spectacle in the sky.
Residents from Long Island to Morehead City -- and everyone in between -- could get a glimpse of the colorful evening launch, which has a window between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET.
iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- A California jury is set to begin deliberations Wednesday in the second trial of a woman accused of killing her husband.
Julie Harper, 42, is charged with second-degree murder in the 2012 death of her husband Jason, a high school math teacher and volleyball coach.
The judge for the San Diego stay-at-home mother’s earlier case declared a mistrial after the jurors were deadlocked.
Her attorney, Paul Joseph Pfingst, said she was a victim of domestic violence, while prosecutors allege that Harper chose to pull the trigger.
The shooting happened in the couple’s Carlsbad bedroom while their children watched cartoons downstairs, officials said. Harper has admitted to killing her husband, but claims it was self-defense.
Instead of calling for help after the shooting, prosecutors say, Harper took off with the couple’s three children and a getaway bag, driving around town before turning herself in 16 hours later.
Harper also claims the gun went off by accident.
“I never intended to shoot him,” she said on the stand. “I only intended to scare him and, hopefully, stop him from hurting me.”
The prosecution allowed jurors on Monday to test-fire a handgun similar to the one she says she used that police never recovered. The handgun requires 10 pounds of pressure to fire, according to a firearms expert.
ABC News' chief legal affairs correspondent, Dan Abrams, said the gun demonstration represents a potential problem for the defense.
“It’s really unusual that each juror got a chance to pull the trigger. They could see how hard it would be to pull the trigger accidentally,” Abrams said. “That’s one reason it will be very hard, almost impossible, for the jury not to find her guilty of something.”
The defense says it’s implausible that Harper shot her husband unprovoked.
“The history of Julie Harper does not lead one to believe that all of a sudden she turns into an assassin,” Pfingst said.
Prosecutors will present their rebuttal argument on Wednesday and the case is expected to go to the jury of seven women and five men.
If convicted, Harper faces 40 years to life in prison.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Alcohol-fueled public indecency and booze-fueled brawls are par for the course at your average party school, but Wired reports the government is getting concerned about such behavior at the hands of scientists stationed in Antarctica.
The magazine reports that after an audit of the McMurdo Station and the Scott-Admundsen South Pole Station by the Office of the Inspector General, the National Science Foundation considered installing breathalizers at the bases.
However, experts insist enforcing -- and even calibrating -- the devices in Antarctica would be difficult in the extreme, seeing as the remote continent isn't U.S. territory.
Wired reports NSF officials complained drinking at the isolated bases was creating, "unpredictable behavior that has led to fights, indecent exposure, and employees arriving to work under the influence," with static routinely erupting between the scientists -- called "beakers," and the cooks, security personnel, and other contract workers who make the facility run.
One former bartender who worked at the South Pole station told Wired that there's a "cultural split" between the two groups, and the scientists suffer "little consequence for what they do down there.
iStock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Under a judge’s orders, the Ten Commandments monument that has stood on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol for the last three years has been moved to a private property a few blocks away.
It’s the latest illustration of the power of symbols.
The mere suggestion that the Confederate flag be removed from the South Carolina statehouse grounds prompted loud protests across the country. In Texas, a small-town police chief has ordered that the motto ‘In God We Trust’ be painted onto his squad cars. The state attorney general there says he supports the chief.
Now in Oklahoma, a Baptist preacher has successfully sued to remove the Ten Commandments monument from that state’s capitol grounds.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin hated to see the 4,800-pound monument go.
“I think it’s a benefit to Oklahomans to have something as guiding as the Ten Commandments as a moral compass for our state,” she said.
Fallin plans to push for a bill in the next session of the legislature that will allow Oklahoma voters to decide whether the tablets should be returned to the statehouse grounds.
Sean Rayford/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — While rain has stopped falling in South Carolina, the deadly storm continues to bring devastation, with numerous dams breached and damage expected to top $1 billion.
Numerous dams have been breached, bridges collapsed and hundreds of roads were inundated with floodwaters, causing emergency evacuations.
President Obama has signed a disaster declaration for federal aid to help with recovery efforts, and more than 1,300 National Guard members have been deployed in the state.
As of Wednesday afternoon, there have been 17 deaths and nearly 2,000 collisions in the state, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.
Heading into the storm's aftermath, Haley called it a vulnerable situation.
Tuesday, Haley said South Carolina is stronger today than it was yesterday, but the state is "still in prayer mode."
The sun even came out in South Carolina Tuesday, but the governor said, "don't let the sunshine fool you," adding that the next 36 to 48 hours will be "volatile."
This is a time of strength and taking care of each other, Haley added. The damage will be heartbreaking for a lot of people, but the state will rebuild, Haley said.
"We are going to continue to push through this," she said.
More than 500 roads in the state were severely damaged by the storm.
About 40,000 people in the state still do not have drinking water, and tens of thousands remain without power.
Officials went door-to-door Monday, checking on residents in flood-ravaged areas such as Columbia, and hundreds of people were evacuated to emergency shelters.
Officials are closely monitoring 18 dams in the state, said the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.
Of those 18 dams, 9 have breached or failed completely, and one was intentionally breached to relieve pressure on it, SCEMD said.
Residents are urged to avoid driving into areas where water covers the road, as the leftover floodwaters can carry infection as well as the risk of drowning.
The storm damage occurred despite the much-feared Hurricane Joaquin missing the East Coast.
South Carolina authorities mostly switched Monday from search and rescue into "assessment and recovery mode," but Haley warned citizens to remain careful as a "wave" of water swelled downstream and dams had to be opened to prevent catastrophic failures above low-lying neighborhoods near the capital.
DanHenson1/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Justice Tuesday confirmed that the doors of federal prisons all over the country will swing open for an estimated 6,000 drug offenders at the end of this month.
It is the largest-ever one-time early release of federal prisoners, and it comes as a result of U.S.
Sentencing Commission and Obama Administration efforts to reduce long prison sentences given to drug offenders. It is also part of an effort to cut down jail overcrowding.
It is not just non-violent offenders who are getting their freedom, a Justice Department spokesman said -- some of those being released have been convicted of violent crime, along with drug crimes.
But the vast majority are non-violent offenders, officials said. And the sentence reductions were not for the violent portion of offenders' sentences.
However, all of the prisoners who petitioned for release had to have a public safety determination made by a judge.
The judge could elect to release the prisoner, or to keep him or her locked-up.
About one-third of the prisoners to be released between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2 are non-citizens, the Department of Justice said, and they will be turned over to Immigration and Customs officials for deportation.
Most of the former prisoners who are released into the community will still be supervised through a halfway house or home confinement, according to Justice Department officials.
“The Department of Justice strongly supports sentencing reform for low-level, non-violent drug offenders," said Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in a statement Tuesday. "The Sentencing Commission's actions - which create modest reductions for drug offenders - is a step toward these necessary reforms.”
Yates also emphasized that even with these sentence reductions, the drug offenders in question have served substantial sentences. On average, according to DOJ, each inmate has already served 8.5 years of a 10 year sentence.
A similar program was undertaken in 2007 when inmates were released for sentences for crack were deemed too harsh.