Victims Fight Early Release Program

A Franklin County Circuit Court judge is asking lawyers to settle a dispute over Kentucky's parole credit program for inmates and parolees.

The Kentucky attorney general's office is challenging the temporary cost-saving measure enacted by the General Assembly earlier this year. So far 1,684 inmates and 2,153 parolees have benefited from the program.

Lawyers for the attorney general's office have asked Judge Phillip J. Shepherd to order the state to stop releasing inmates under the plan until the challenge is resolved in court.

Shepherd has already denied a request for an emergency injunction.

He asked attorneys to meet and try to find a remedy without court intervention. The credit program is set to expire during the summer of 2010.

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