Inmates Let Out Early, Back In Jail Already

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Kentucky Lawmakers paved the way to release inmates from prison. Their goal was to save money by freeing up some cells, but some of those criminals are already back in jail.

Recently released inmate Richard Roberts is one of them. Police say he plowed his car into a Lexington home while reportedly driving drunk.

He'd just been freed from jail 1,006 days earlier than he was supposed to be. But instead of following the law, he flushed his second chance right down the tubes according to Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Larry Cleveland.

"They're gonna’ commit these crimes no matter how many chances you give them", says Cleveland. "The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior".

That's not just Cleveland talking.

According to the Federal government more than 70 percent of robbers and almost half of burglars commit crime again.

"We'll convict them, send them away, they'll be paroled, and they'll be back again," exclaimed Cleveland.

The prosecutor says Kentucky Lawmakers money saving idea to release inmates is not in the best interest of public safety, and it will keep him busy for years to come.

"I've been doing this long enough. I'm prosecuting the grandson's of the people I've prosecuted. They're letting people out who I know are gonna’ commit a crime, so I'll have more work to do.”

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