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Federal prisoners may be looking at shorter sentences

Shorter sentences could be on the way for as many as 20,000 federal prisoners.
That's if a new proposal by the Justice Department is approved by the US Sentencing Commission next month .

Attorney General Eric Holder wants to reduce the prison population.
The change would apply to prisoners without "significant" criminal histories, and whose crimes didn't involve weapons or violence.
   
Not all prisoners who applied for the reduced sentences would receive them.