Judge Blocks Prisoner Release Plan In 3 Counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A southern Kentucky judge has granted a temporary injunction blocking in three counties the state's plan to release some inmates early.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge David A. Tapp issued the order Monday, effectively blocking the state's cost-saving plan to ease soaring prison costs. Tapp says state officials may not apply the General Assembly's early release plan inmates from his jurisdiction.

Prosecutor Eddy Montgomery was asking for a statewide ban, but Tapp's order only applies to Lincoln, Pulaski and Rockcastle counties.

Montgomery says he's pleased with the ruling and hopes the Kentucky attorney general's office pushes for a statewide ban.

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