Ky. Supreme Court to hear inmate-release case

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Supreme Court has agreed to
hear a dispute over a program that allows an early release for some
prison inmates.

In agreeing to hear the dispute on Aug. 19, the court also allowed state prison officials to continue releasing inmates early based on their parole history.

State prison officials have been giving inmates more credit than normal for time served on parole. The extra credit has gone toward fulfilling inmates' minimum sentences. Thousands of felons have been released from prison or parole in an effort to save money.

Kentucky lawmakers approved the cost-saving plan while facing a
$456 million budget shortfall in the current fiscal year that ends June 30.

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