Budget Crunch Spurs Prison Early-Release Trend

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/templates/misc/printstory.jsp?slug=chi%2D0305050179may05 Increasingly, early release programs are being used by fiscally strapped local governments and states to pare prison budgets. Early release, generally used only for people convicted of non-violent crimes, is a dramatic shift from tough-on-crime stances of the past 30 years. The crackdown led to mandatory-minimum sentences, three-strikes laws and a national prison population that has soared by more than 600 percent. In many states, early release coincides with . . .

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