Bill Would End Early Release Program For Prisoners

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky senator is seeking to stop a cost-saving program approved by the General Assembly last year that granted murderers and violent offenders an earlier release from prison.

Crescent Springs Republican Sen. Jack Westwood is sponsoring a
proposal to end the inmate parole credit program.So far, nearly 2,000 inmates and more than 2,600 parolees have benefited from the program.

Justice Cabinet spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin tells The Louisville Courier-Journal that eliminating the program would cost the state prison system $8.7 million through June 2010.

Meanwhile, Kentucky is facing a $456 million budget shortfall in the fiscal year ending June 30.
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Information from: The Courier-Journal,
http://www.courier-journal.com

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  • by Stephanie Coulston Location: ILLINOIS on Aug 28, 2011 at 08:46 AM
    So you don't believe in second chances right? What if this was your son,daughter,mother,father or grandparents. People need to stop being so judgemental and know god is our judge not everyone else in this world..In life when we are young things happen but furthermore alot of innocent people are in prison for crimes they did not commit.
  • by mae Location: ky on Jan 21, 2009 at 11:20 AM
    keep these criminals locked up where they belong.
  • by Barry Location: floyd county on Jan 19, 2009 at 02:45 PM
    GOOD! Keep their butts in jail where they belong, away from society! If they do the crime make them do the time!!!!!
  • by clay on Jan 19, 2009 at 12:58 PM
    Some sentencing reform must be done but the current changes simply made sentencing a joke.Eliminate the DOC work from home fraud, the purchase of blackberries for every mid-level manager,and the personnel decisions that are based on social relationships.
  • by Ridiculous Location: Lexington on Jan 19, 2009 at 12:05 PM
    So our government is willing to put MURDERERS back the streets to save some money? Genious plan. I'm sorry to hear I live in a state with these morals!
  • by Ruthie Location: Kentucky on Jan 19, 2009 at 11:36 AM
    Way to go Senator Westwood. It is amazing to me that murderers and violent offenders were even offered the early release program in the first place. Hope this bill passes.
  • by Karen Location: Pike on Jan 19, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    People already know that in Kentucky and my county especially, you can do just about anything and get away with it, I do maean anything, If they commit these crimes, nobody the cost, they should be in JAIL. We have already tried this and they are getting out and doing the same things and sometimes even worse. Let's keep these people locked up. Do you think the people they have wronged ever crosses their minds. Probably not.
  • by Sandra Location: Lexington, KY on Jan 19, 2009 at 09:52 AM
    Who cares how much money it saves the prison system! You're putting convicted murderers, violent offenders, child abusers, etc. back on the streets for them to hurt, maim, and kill people. These people, while some do reform, will most likely land back in jail for committing another crime. They deserved to be put in prison or they wouldn't be there, or is saving money more important than saving lives? And what about the families of the people who's lives these criminals affected? Do they not get a say? Good grief, wake up! These people should never have been granted early release anyway... thank you Sen. Westwood... Ms. Brislin - you are putting the general population in harm's way to save money... you should be ashamed.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jan 19, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    Heck, if we is saving so much money on releasing all dem "good" criminals why do we's lock em up to begin with? Just pay em not be criminals and give em a good education that's the ticket.

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