Sheriffs Express Concern Over Release of 6,000 Prisoners

Over 6,000 nonviolent drug offenders are being released early this weekend and sheriffs across the country are concerned for the safety of their citizens.

The release is the largest one-time release of federal inmates in U.S. history, and advocates for the release are saying that it will be handled responsibly. The mass release was a response in a decision by the U.S. Sentencing Commission to reduce sentences for most drug trafficking offenses, which coincides for a push to rethink federal sentencing, according to Fox News.

But the main concern is how the ex-inmates will adjust.

“There’s no transition here, there’s no safety net. This is the biggest sham they are trying to sell the American people,” Sheriff Paul Babeu of Arizona’s Pinal County told

“On average these criminals have been in federal prison for nine years — you don’t have to be a sheriff to realize that a felon after nine years in jail isn’t going to be adding value to the community. A third are illegals and felons so they can’t work. What do we think they are going to do?” said Babeu, also a congressional candidate.

Despite these concerns, the government is providing a transition. 77% of the inmates are already in home confinement or halfway houses, according to the Justice Department. Also, 1,764 of the inmates were handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation proceedings. Any one state is to receive the average number of 80 inmates, but Texas will get 597 inmates.

However, sheriffs on the Mexico-U.S. border were skeptical of both the deportation claim and the risk these inmates will bring to their communities.

“If [the Obama administration is] not capable of making honest and prudent decisions in securing our borders, how can we trust them to make the right decision on the release of prisoners who may return to a life of crime?” Sheriff Harold Eavenson of Rockwall County, Texas, told

Last month, a review from the Associated Press found that while many of the prisoners were low-level drug dealers, some did have prior convictions for robbery. Others were charged with moving serious drugs like heroin and cocaine. And according to WGME in Maine, one inmate was a former “drug kingpin” who was once on “America’s Most Wanted.”

“For them to tell me or tell citizens that they’re going to do a good job and these inmates are non-violent, when in many instances drug crimes, drug purchasing, drug trafficking are related to other, violent crimes – I’d be amazed if the 6,000 … being released are non-violent,” Eavenson said.

Approximately 46,000 other cases may be reviewed in the future for possible early release.

ISIS Releases 19 Christian Captives But Keeps 6 Year Old Girl

ISIS terrorists shocked man by releasing 19 Assyrian Christians out of the hundreds they captured during raids last week.  

The terrorists at the last minute kept a 6-year-old girl and a negotiator told the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) the terrorists likely plan to use the girl as a bargaining chip.

AINA estimates that over the last week, ISIS has captured up to 373 Christians from various villages.

The UK based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Saturday that a Sharia court ordered the release of 29 captives, not 19, and ISIS is now showing they will ignore their own courts.

“ISIS has claimed for a long time to follow rules, and it claims that these Sharia courts will impose limits,” Graeme Wood of The Atlantic told CNN. “They can attempt to get credibility by showing that they follow rules and that they have some kind of transparent process that follows their particular implementation of Sharia law.”

Witnesses say that at least 15 of the Christians have been killed by the terrorists.

American Released From Cuban Prison

An American who went to Cuba to set up internet connections for Jews inside the communist country has been set free after a deal between the Cuban government and the White House.

Cuban officials took Alan Gross in December 2009 while he was working as a subcontractor for the U.S. government’s Agency for International Development.  Gross was on his fifth trip to the country to install internet for Cuban Jews that would bypass the government’s restrictions.

Gross has been in failing health in the last year.  A pastor who visited Gross said that his teeth had fallen out and he was suffering from severe arthritis and other conditions.  U.S. officials said Gross would be hospitalized upon his return to the country for treatment of his diseases.

Three Cuban spies were released as part of the deal to free Gross.  The three are part of the “Cuban Five” who were jailed in 2001 in Miami for spying.  The other two members of the five were released following completion of their sentences.

The President is calling for America to ease restrictions and to normalize relations with Cuba.

Missionary Kenneth Bae Released From North Korea

An American missionary who had been held for two years in a North Korean labor camp was suddenly released Saturday.

Bae spoke to reporters and gave praise to God and credit to the millions who have been praying for him during his captivity for being a Christian.

“I just want to say thank you all for supporting me and lifting me up and not forgetting,” Bae said at a news conference at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  “Thank you for all your support and prayer and love.  It’s really been encouraging for me and for others.”

Bae had been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for plotting to overthrow the government.  The North Korean government considers spreading the gospel an attempt to overthrow the government.

Bae’s family said the first thing he asked for was “pizza or burgers, anything but Korean because he’d been eating that for two years.”