WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday it had released 4,001 people from federal prison in Texas in response to the introduction of new drug testing requirements.
The announcement comes after President Donald Trump signed a bill in February that made it easier for people convicted of nonviolent drug offenses to have their criminal records expunged, including in the case of those convicted of drug trafficking offenses.
The new requirements were approved by the U.N. Human Rights Council in July, and include a mandatory drug test for all federal inmates, as well as mandatory drug testing for federal employees.
They also would require employers to notify their employees if someone is deemed “drug-free.”
The number of people who are eligible for the new drug test will vary based on the age of the person who has been convicted of a drug offense, the department said.
In a statement, the Justice Department said: “The law and the policy announced today by the United States Sentencing Commission require all federal offenders to submit to a drug test every two years, starting with individuals convicted of crimes of violence.
The government does not intend to subject individuals to mandatory drug tests for a lifetime, as the U