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New law ends early release of prisoners
By ellwoodcityledger.com - Kristen Doerschner
Published: 10/29/2012

Pennsylvania - Next year will bring an end to a current program that has allowed state prisoners to be moved out of prison before they’ve served their minimum sentence.

The goal of a new law, the Criminal Justice Reform Act, that will take effect Jan. 1 is to reduce the overall state prison population by 4,000 in the next four years and ultimately save the state more than

$300 million.

To make room in community correction centers for technical parole violators who will be placed in such centers instead of sent back to prison, the state is eliminating its Early Release Program effective June 30.

Prisoners accepted into the Early Release Program are within one year of meeting their minimum sentence but have not yet been paroled. They are prisoners who have behaved in prison and gone through any necessary treatment, and who the Department of Corrections believes are likely to be paroled when they meet their minimum sentence, said Leo Dunn, a spokesman for Pennsylvania Probation and Parole Department.

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