In this photo taken March 30, 2017, Ismail Royer poses for a photograph in Arlington, Va. Royer was been released from prison after serving more than 13 years on charges that he provided assistance to friends who wanted to join the Taliban after the Sept. 11 attacks. Dozens of convicts serving time in U.S. prisons for terror-related offenses are slated to be released in the next several years, prompting the question: Should Americans be afraid? (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Convicts in prison for terror offenses slated for release

August 07, 2017 - 3:30 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since 9/11, the United States has worked aggressively to foil attacks and has imprisoned hundreds of people who joined or helped militant groups.

Now, dozens of convicts serving time in U.S. prisons for terrorism-related offenses are slated to complete their sentences and be released in the next several years.

The Bureau of Prisons says there are 380 inmates linked to international terrorism and 83 tied to domestic terrorism serving in federal lockups. The average sentence is 13 years, meaning most will leave prison with years of freedom ahead.

Some experts say many of those released will face months or years of court-ordered supervision.

Others say it's unclear whether they will leave prison more or less radicalized and what will happen when they re-enter American communities.

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