Judge Denies Injunction On Early Release Program

The state of Kentucky will be allowed to continue letting inmates out of prison early, at least for now.

On Friday afternoon a Franklin County judge denied the Attorney General's request to stop the program.

The Department of Corrections started the early release program to save the state money, but the Attorney General says it was unconstitutional because it allowed credits retroactively

Last week, the two sides went to court and the judge had until Friday to make a decision and used that time to decide that there is not enough reason to stop the state's prison early release program.

Basically, some prisoners could and will get extra credit and be let out earlier than planned.

The decision was released by the judge, saying there was good reason to consider not allowing an early release program but not enough to grant an injunction.

A hearing will be held on November 10th to listen to arguments on if officials are properly applying parole credit toward inmates sentences.

Already, thousands of inmates and parolees including murders, sex offenders and thieves have been released ahead of their scheduled sentence based on the new "street credit" calculation.

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

The attorney general's office says it is disappointed the judge did not issue a temporary ban but is pleased a hearing is now set to discuss the issue more.


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  • by danny Location: kentucky on Oct 29, 2008 at 10:45 AM
    OBVIOUSLY THE PEOPLE THAT WRITE THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS DO NOT HAVE LOVED ONES IN PRISON. SO THEY DON'T SEE PEOPLE GETTING SECOND CHANCES. THEY MUST BE PERFECT AND DO NOT MAKE MISTAKES.
  • by lug Location: louisville on Oct 28, 2008 at 03:22 PM
    I can't understand why they are letting the ones out that are for crimes that have been proven a danger to society, my husband is doing 3 years on nonflagrant support and is being denied parole saying he is a danger to society, and has never ever physically hurt anyone. w3hat is wrong with this picture,
  • by joe Location: mt sterling on Oct 13, 2008 at 02:09 PM
    IF THEY DO THE CRIME THEN THEY SHOULD SERVE THE TIME. THE LAW IS BEING VERY EASY ON FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE WHOM SHOULD REMAIN IN JAIL
  • by PD Location: JUSTHERE on Oct 13, 2008 at 06:08 AM
    Wow. That's almost a full month before the ball get's rolling again. It's almost a full week after elections and even while they argue, the inmates still get released. What happens in the meantime? These officials and their families won't have to worry about getting attacked in the middle of the night. Convicts aren't that stupid. Something would be done then, but until that happens it's the little people who have to deal with this. If you enjoy what you see when you get home, people should prepare. Get to know your neighbors. Set up crime watches if needed, escpecially in the country areas. Become a community not just a collection of houses. People put too much dependence on our government to get things done. We need to look out for eachother.
  • by Billy Ray on Oct 13, 2008 at 04:39 AM
    you can bet 50 to 60% of the folks in jail are there for really stupid reasons.Most should never have been sent. to prison to start with.
  • by zack Location: mmmm on Oct 13, 2008 at 03:34 AM
    GOOD job Judge DENIES let them out so were they may kill someone again or just have no respect and trash up everyone elses stuff. Judge you are a joke HAHAHAHAHA!! Look at what you are doing look at the whole picture.I would like to know were our RIGHTS are too and how do we say we are in the land of FREE and we dont even get a say so. Have family in jail/PRISON and let me tell you if you let them out you are crazy. I hate to see my tax money go to waste but some of them are better off there. And if you are letting them out early then why would they care to come back. I swear I hate the COURT SYSTEM!!!!!!!!
  • by henry Location: eky on Oct 12, 2008 at 09:46 AM
    WELL HERE'S MORE OF THESE LIBERALS, FEEL GOOD BAND AID IDEALS. CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN THE LIBERALS AND THE PEOPLE THAT ARE SO GULLIBLE AS TO VOTE IN THE SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT OF OBAMA. BY THE WAY WHY DOES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAVE 4000 COMBAT TROOPS STATIONED IN FORT CARSON CO. SO THEY CAN BACK UP POLICE ANYWHERE IN THE U.S. CHECK OUT MILITARY .COM
  • by Dee Location: KY on Oct 12, 2008 at 09:17 AM
    I'm sorry, But does that report say MURDERS! COme on...Stop putting people in jail for stupid stuff and the others, send them to the army right in the front line! Boot Camp maybe? The petty stuff, it's stupid for us to pay for them to eat, sleep and have activities when we are barely making ends meet ourselves!
  • by WakeUpPeople Location: Lexington on Oct 11, 2008 at 02:36 PM
    To anyone who thinks they should keep all these misdemeanor criminals in jail for long, drawn out sentences, I suggest you take your tax refund next year, endorse the back to the KY Dept of Corrections, and then mail it to them. As many people that are going nuts over this, if all of you donated an average of 2,000 per person each to the Corrections Dept, they could afford to keep the prisoners who are in there for "crimes against society" such as smoking weed, prostitution, failing to pay speeding fines, etc. If they would STOP sentencing people to ridiculous sentences for nuisance crimes, we wouldn't be in this situation to begin with. However, we are a nation of criminals, with more people incarcerated than any nation in the world because we want every little thing to be a crime. What happened to freedom? Legalize marijuana, prositution, etc because they're not hurting anyone except those who partake of it. That would cut 20 percent out of the prison system right off the bat.
  • by ladybug on Oct 11, 2008 at 10:33 AM
    Bad behavior should never be REWARDED !!!!
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