Inmate release program "working as designed," 75 in trouble again
They were let out of jail early. Now, just three weeks into the state's Mandatory Re-entry Supervision Release program, dozens have found themselves in trouble again.
As of Monday morning, 75 inmates had violated the terms of their early release conditions according to the Department of Corrections. They have issued warrants for 23 early parolees, who are either missing or have failed to report to their parole or probation officer.
House Bill 463, the corrections reform bill, passed overwhelmingly in the spring of 2011. The bill's co-sponsor, Representative John Tilley, a Democrat from Hopkinsville, said on Monday he's confident the program is working as designed. The inmates who qualified are considered non-violent property and drug offenders who were within six months of being released anyway. During the remainder of their sentences they're monitored by parole officers who may order such things as drug treatment. Many of the offenders granted early release were already serving their sentences under home incarceration.
Starting in February an additional 200 or more inmates will be released under the Mandatory Re-entry Supervision Program.