Parole Credit Policy Goes Before Circuit Judge

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's plan to apply some inmates' time served on parole toward fulfilling their sentences goes before a circuit court judge on Wednesday.

Judge David A. Tapp is expected to hear additional arguments on whether the General Assembly's plan to help reduce the state's soaring prison costs is legal. Commonwealth's Attorney Eddy Montgomery has filed a lawsuit asking the judge to block the plan.

Earlier this month, Tapp issued a temporary restraining order blocking the state from applying the provision to inmates convicted in his three-county district that includes Pulaski, Lincoln and Rockcastle counties.

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.

So far, more than 2,400 inmates or parolees have benefitted from the plan.

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  • by Jonie Location: Berea on Aug 27, 2008 at 04:52 PM
    Thank you Judge Taft and Eddie Montgomery for having the integrity to do the right thing. Job well done, I wish I could vote for you both.
  • by Betty Location: Adair County on Aug 27, 2008 at 04:49 PM
    I want to comment on the comment by watchful eye. Montgomery did try a state police trooper, which by the way was INDICTED by a grand jury for a CRIME. Last time I checked that was his job. We all have to do some thing in the course of our jobs we don't agree with, but they still have to be done. The Attorney General ordered him to present this case to the Grand Jury. That's who made the decision. Mr. Montgomery had a job to do and that was what he did, by the way he lost and the trooper that he tried is now a Kentucky State Police Detective. I do not know Mr. Montgomery nor trooper Burton, but it seems to me it worked out for both of them. Montgomery is still doing his job and Burton got a promotion. Being from Adair County I know a little more than you, so don't speak about something you have no idea about. My brother-in-law is a police officer and has nothing but respect for this man and since he is trying to keep you and yours safe show a little respect.
  • by Sam Location: WV on Aug 27, 2008 at 12:15 PM
    HELLO -- Has no one heard of the death penalty? I'm sure many of them are on death row so it is time they go.
  • by Watchful Eye Location: kentucky on Aug 27, 2008 at 06:47 AM
    It's kind of ironic that montgomery tried a state police trooper for doing his job during an arrest and now he's pro law enforcement. Sounds a little ironic.
  • by me Location: ky on Aug 27, 2008 at 05:30 AM
    thats it let them all go free why waste the time to arest them any way?
  • by Andy on Aug 27, 2008 at 05:05 AM
    Turn them loose.Let them go.!!Ky is now a police state.


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