Ky. AG Seeks To Block Inmate Early Release Program

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's attorney general has sued the state seeking to block the General Assembly's cost-saving plan to release some inmates and parolees early.

Attorney General Jack Conway has asked the Franklin County court for an injunction that would stop the Department of Corrections from continuing with the plan.

A similar injunction is already in place in Lincoln, Pulaski and Rockcastle counties.

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.

About 1,000 of Kentucky's 21,000 prison inmates have been released and about 1,500 parolees have been dropped from supervision under the plan.

A spokeswoman for the Kentucky Justice Cabinet did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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

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  • by jeff Location: kentucky on Oct 7, 2008 at 05:46 AM
    these are not 1st time offenders all of these inmates have been in and out of jail. Most felony offenders are given probation on 1st offense. These people have been given a chance. Now lets give the victims a chance.And the paroles that are placed back in the system for violating the rules of parole and then are given credit just like they haven't done anything wrong---THIS ISNT FAIR TO THE CITIZENS OF KENTUCKY. GO CONWAY!!!!
  • by Mike Location: Harlan on Oct 4, 2008 at 01:28 PM
    Thank you for letting "Ditters" out...He didn't last a month before he was arrested AGAIN. He should have NEVER been released to plague our town again...and again...and again. 10 yrs should mean 10 yrs.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 4, 2008 at 12:52 PM
    I dont think most of you understand that individuals who commit crimes, cost you more in taxes than when they are incarcerated. Think about the man hours that goes into investigating a crime, then the hours that goes into prosecuting a crime, more than likely you are paying for their defense attorney, then if convicted they go jail. Now think about the cost the victims have to pay financially and emotionally in many crimes whether it be lost wages or replacing damaged property. Now you can avoid paying these costs by keeping them incarcerated. It is a proven statistic that criminals who are free and commiting new crimes cost tax payers more money than if they were already locked up.
  • by Rick on Oct 4, 2008 at 12:46 PM
    To Bill, This liberal garbage that you are preaching is the problem not the solution. You must either be on dope yourself or you are one of the most uninformed people to ever post a comment. You call police officers terrorist but refer to criminals almost as misguided souls. To me you are the terrorist and a communist. I will see what you have to say when your home is broken into like mine was. I say that if you are convicted of three felonies, it's life in prison without parole.
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Oct 4, 2008 at 11:45 AM
    Bad idea, Fed Up. We already have enough rapists, thieves and murderers fighting under the United States flag in Iraq as it is. We don't need any more.
  • by Fed Up Location: Kentucky on Oct 3, 2008 at 07:39 AM
    Hey, why don't we just let them all out and send them to Iraq and bring our men and women home that would like to be home with their families?
  • by Bill on Oct 3, 2008 at 05:31 AM
    We are locking up too many people.Most for difference in opinion,rather then laws broken.not everyone is alike or see's things the same way.Drug laws are over the top,and causeing a lack of confidence in law enforcement.We have allowed people to be locked up for near nothing, for long terms.Its making Kentucky a police state.All for a drug war, that isn't working.The police are now seen as terrorest.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Oct 2, 2008 at 07:19 PM
    To those who think that the AG should win this and put people back in jail...I hope you're ready to pay more taxes to feed, house, shelter, etc these prisoners. We have more people in jail in our nation than any country in the world, and it's because we're putting people in jail for long sentences on nuisance crimes. I, for one, am NOT prepared to pay anymore taxes for prisons in our state, they get plenty of money and if the courts would quit "throwing the book" at a jaywalker or someone who got caught smoking a joint, then we wouldn't have this money and overcrowding problem. So, for those of you who are so in favor of keeping people in jail for petty crimes for long sentences, I suggest you make a couple thousand dollar donation yearly to the Justice Cabinet to pay for their upkeep!
  • by Clay2 Location: Mt. sterling on Oct 2, 2008 at 05:21 PM
    Where has Conway been? maybe on a convict furlough. They knew better when they past the trash legislation
  • by Early Release already arrested Location: Harlan, KY on Oct 2, 2008 at 04:20 PM
    Thank you, thank you, thank you. It wasn't even a month that one inmate was release in our county on numberous Burglary and Arson charges until he broke into a local pawn shop and stoled 7 guns and is back in custody. Thank you Mr. Conway for filing this suit and trying to stop criminals like this from committing more crimes as soon as they are released. Best of luck to you.
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