Judge Extends Ban on Early Prisoner Release

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) - A southern Kentucky judge has extended a
temporary ban on the General Assembly's plan to release some inmates early.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge David A. Tapp said he will rule in coming days on whether to grant a temporary injunction that would block a plan to release inmates until a legal challenge is resolved.

Commonwealth's Attorney Eddie Montgomery is seeking a statewide
injunction preventing the Department of Corrections from giving inmates credit for time served on parole toward fulfilling their sentences.

Kentucky lawmakers, faced with soaring prison costs and an estimated $900 million two-year drop in revenue, authorized the
proposal as part of an $18 billion two-year budget bill earlier this year. The state now has more than 22,000 prison inmates.

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