Obama administration to release 6,000 non-violent drug offenders. President Barack Obama, with Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco, reacts while glancing at cable TV coverage of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., in the Outer Oval Office, Oct. 1, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama administration to release 6,000 non-violent drug offenders.

President Barack Obama, with Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco, reacts while glancing at cable TV coverage of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., in the Outer Oval Office, Oct. 1, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The Justice Department is set to release about 6,000 inmates early from prison — the largest one-time release of federal prisoners — in an effort to reduce overcrowding and provide relief to drug offenders who received harsh sentences over the past three decades. [Washington Post]

THE RELEASE of 6,000 non-violent drug offenders who got overly aggressive sentences during the “tough on crime” era, which has its roots in President Clinton’s tenure, is going to cause a lot of caterwauling. It is, however, a tremendous nod to fairness and sanity, because of prison sentences that were overly harsh.

One can only imagine what the current Republican second place candidate of the week, Ben Carson, will have to say. He decided to criticize President Obama for going to Oregon, delivering quite a line on “Fox and Friends.”

“Imagine a politician politicizing something,” Carson remarked during an interview with “Fox and Friends.” When do we get to the point where we have people who actually want to solve our problems rather than just politicize everything? I think that’s what the American people are so sick and tired of.”

This from a man who pronounced that he wouldn’t follow the U.S. Constitution, saying on “Meet the Press,” “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.” It led to $700,000 in donations from right-wing fans who thought the slur of an entire religious group was a good idea. Carson also proclaimed on his Facebook page #IAMAChristian after the Oregon shooting, delighting his fan base, because, you know, there was nothing political about that at all, either.

Now Carson is saying arm kindergarten teachers.

“If I had a little kid in kindergarten somewhere. I would feel much more comfortable if I knew on that campus there was a police officer or somebody who was trained with a weapon,” said Carson, who is the father of three grown sons. “If the teacher was trained in the use of that weapon and had access to it, I would be much more comfortable if they had one than if they didn’t.”

I can only imagine what Bill O’Reilly will have to say about the inmate release.