House Approves Early Release Of Some Prisoners

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The House has approved a measure that
would continue a cost-cutting program that allows some prisoners to
be released early.

The legislation makes prisoners sentenced to one to five years
eligible for parole after serving 15 percent or two months of their
sentences, whichever is longer. Such prisoners used to be required
to serve at least 20 percent of their sentences before having their
cases reviewed by the state Parole Board.

Violent criminals and sex offenders won't be eligible for early
release under the legislation, which passed the House on Monday
packaged with other bills.

The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.
The legislation is House Bill 372.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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