The Afghan government released 80 detainees on Friday, part of a continuing effort to assert its sovereignty over the treatment of its prisoners. The mass release precedes Afghani President Hamid Karzai’s visit to Washington. America has long been uneasy with what they consider the premature release of prisoners in Afghanistan. Officials there counter the argument by claiming that detaining suspects without enough evidence is illegal. The rare release—which stemmed from an agreement to transfer control of the Parwan Detention Facility to the Afghan government in March—was televised.