First Wave Released In Reduce Prison Population Program

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky released 75 inmates as part of the first wave of a program approved by the General Assembly to reduce
prison overcrowding.

The inmates were released during the past week.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Lamb says all of
those released had previously been on probation or parole but
returned to prison after minor violations of the terms of their
release.

Inmates who were returned to prison for committing new felonies
are not eligible.

A released inmate will receive time-served credit equal to the
time they were on probation and parole. The credit is applied only
to inmates whose probation or parole was revoked for minor
violations, such as failing to report to a probation officer.
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Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-05-31-08 1115EDT


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  • by Maryann Location: Florence, Ky on Jul 30, 2008 at 04:49 AM
    I feel that the inmates did a crime and they really should pay the price for it. And to release them early before there time is up, is totally wrong, think about the people they hurt, and really how they would feel, and what if they would commit more serious crimes when they do get of prison. I would pay more in taxes if you would build more jails and prision, and keep those bad people in jail and prison where they belong, the world would be a much better place, when we keep the bad people out. And really do you really want this people out on the streets to commit new crimes or sames ones they did before? I sure wouldnt, makes a much worse place to live in. I am a partent of two small kids, I want the world a much safer place to live in.
  • by KELLY Location: TX on Jul 22, 2008 at 01:34 PM
    WHAT ABOUT FIRST TIME OFFENDERS? THEY SHOULD BE RELEASED TOO?
  • by PAUL Location: KY on Jul 22, 2008 at 01:31 PM
    I THINK INMATES SHOULD BE RELEASED EARLY.THEIR ARE MANY WHO HAVE PAID THEIR DEBT TO SOCIETY AND DESERVE A SECOND CHANCE. THERE SHOULD BE A LOT MORE PROGRAMS AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR THESE INMATES. A LOT OF YOU DON'T CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO THESE INMATES BECAUSE IT'S NOT YOUR FAMILY MEMBER. WHAT ABOUT FORGIVNESS. I'M SURE MANY OF YOU HAVE HURT SOMEONE IN THE PAST AND WANTED THEM TO GIVE YOU A SECOND CHANCE. A LOT OF THESE INMATES HAVE FAMILIES TO GO HOME TO. MANY OF THEM ARE NOT THINKING ABOUT GOING BACK TO PRISON BUT TO SPEND TIME WITH THE ONES THEY LOVE. I SAY GIVE THEM ANOTHER CHANCE AND STOP WASTING MONEY KEEPING THEM LOCKED UP."NOBODY IS PERFECT"
  • by grumpy on Jun 4, 2008 at 11:39 AM
    how many will be right back they were not model people or they would not been in, in the first place now they can go out and start over causing problems all over again
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Jun 4, 2008 at 10:27 AM
    For all of you blaming the governor, perhaps you could not read the part that says "approved by the General Assembly." Democrats and Republicans both agreed that this was the best step to save Kentucky (that's the taxpayers - you) lots of money. There are people in jails right now that cannot go to prison because there is no room. Judges are forced to release people from jail because there is no room for them. Everyone wants more jails and prisons but no one wants to pitch in the taxes to make it happen.
  • by non Location: lexington on Jun 4, 2008 at 09:19 AM
    Noone that is high and mighty above all else is not going to answer that question that Jennifer asked are they.....Have YOU all followed the law to a "t" I want answers here......Come on...If you haven't I want you all to go in the middle of the woods and pitch a darn tent....Grow your gardens and eat from them. I'm glad everyone has turned into God himself....Great call govenor in my opinion....
  • by Bill on Jun 4, 2008 at 05:22 AM
    "WOW"Just listen to the so called church goers come down on anyone they can.We have way too many people in our prisons.Most are there because, they forgot to kiss some democrat Boss Hoggs back side.I say turn all loose that didn't hurt anyone.Ky has become a Police State.The cops are a lot less trust worthy then the crooks.There is no justice in Ky. courts.No respect for human kind there.I wish, I could afford to get my family out of this state.
  • by anny Location: bell county on Jun 3, 2008 at 07:07 PM
    people need to calm down, just trade places for a whileif you dont think prison is hard enough go there for a while, be told ever move to when to eat what to eat how to eat, use the restrooms in front of at least 80 people see how degrading that is to you see how you feel then, i worked in corrections for a year,talked to some inmates, some are nice people just got caught up with the wrong crowd or made the wrong choices, and some are truly thugs and jerks. i know people do bad things some get in trouble some have money for help and some know people. you say put them to work make them do hard labor, hard time, the emmotional stress of being behind bars is harder then breakin rocks everday, just think how you would feel if you were out of touch with your family, had your personal stuff searched no alone time no place to call your own and on top of all of that work 3 different shifts picking up trash or cleaning bathrooms for 80 people 3 time a day all for 63 cent,just trade places.
  • by steve on Jun 3, 2008 at 06:09 PM
    Bravo what a great justice system thanks oh great governor.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 3, 2008 at 05:33 PM
    If the jails and prisons are overcrowded, then maybe they need to do what the Maricopa County Arizone sheriff did....make a jail out of tents. He's had success with it, and just about everyone who has been there and released has not been back. Some people change, but for the most part it's a revolving door with the same ones in and out of the court system. They may not be violent, but the drug dealers that are selling dope to kids, the thiefs that are stealing everything people work hard for should be punished. Old habits die hard, and I'm sure people will see in time that it's true. Maybe when one of these people breaks into the governors home, or a senator they will change their minds. One thing about it, if you need to a change with your job, become a cop because thanks to our governor and law makers they've just made job security for law enforcement officers. Maybe we should have allowed casinos so these people would stay in jail. After all, this is what it's all about.
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