Victims Fight Early Release Program

A Franklin County Circuit Court judge is asking lawyers to settle a dispute over Kentucky's parole credit program for inmates and parolees.

The Kentucky attorney general's office is challenging the temporary cost-saving measure enacted by the General Assembly earlier this year. So far 1,684 inmates and 2,153 parolees have benefited from the program.

Lawyers for the attorney general's office have asked Judge Phillip J. Shepherd to order the state to stop releasing inmates under the plan until the challenge is resolved in court.

Shepherd has already denied a request for an emergency injunction.

He asked attorneys to meet and try to find a remedy without court intervention. The credit program is set to expire during the summer of 2010.

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


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  • by Lindsey on Nov 11, 2008 at 11:58 PM
    Forget parks and community services, spend my taxes on building new prisons. The longer their locked up, the safer I am.
  • by Disgusted Voter on Nov 11, 2008 at 10:14 AM
    99% of you voted for the moron now live with it.
  • by Rhonda Location: Morehead on Nov 10, 2008 at 07:43 PM
    Why should the criminals be let out earlier? To save citizens & the state of KY money? What a JOKE!!! According to the Dept of Corrections before this STUPID law, criminals only spent a fraction of the time they were sentenced to! If someone was sentenced to 7 years in prison, they actually spent 15 MONTHS (MONTHS!) in prison! If people want to commit crimes, build more prisons, then the ones of us that want to work will have a job! That will solve the overcrowding & help the unemployment rate!
  • by richard Location: campbellsville on Nov 10, 2008 at 04:19 PM
    only approx 16% of the felons that have been let out early have re offended,that is much better than the 30-40% of all felons that re offend,about 95% of the people behind bars will get out so get over it and lets try to better prepare them to succeed when they do get out
  • by Stuart on Nov 10, 2008 at 03:56 PM
    TEMPORARY COST-SAVINGS...MY [edited]!
  • by Doug Location: Hazard on Nov 10, 2008 at 02:55 PM
    Just look at the #1 story on WKYT's web site right now!!!! Bad things happen when criminals are released or escape etc. Free up money some other way but keep this trash off our streets!!!!
  • by Sandra Location: Winchester on Nov 10, 2008 at 02:38 PM
    Why in the world would you put criminals on the street earlier than you had too. Obviously, these people have never been a victim of a crime like I have. People with this sort of thinking is why the criminal justice system is so broke and is the same reason criminals benefit from this sort of system and the victims suffer even further. Unfortunately nothing will be done, there never is. Too bad we can't hold the individuals in the General Assembly accountable for when these early release criminals commit new crimes. I figure that its a matter of time with this sort of thinking and Obama being elected President, it will not be safe to check your mailbox. Think about it, if 15% of criminals commit 90% of crime, why not keep that 15% locked up and reduce your crime by 90%. It's simple math folks get on board.

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