Early-Release Problems May Force Colorado Corrections Cuts


Faulty projections about how much money Colorado’s prisoner early-release plan could save may force the state to consider other budget-cutting measures, including slashing corrections programs and staff, reports the Denver Post. “It doesn’t appear to be working,” said state Rep. Kent Lambert, referring to Gov. Bill Ritter’s plan to cut $19 million from the budget by releasing thousands of prisoners on parole up to six months early. “Their assumptions were bad, or something.”

After a report Wednesday by the Post that a sex offender, a man convicted of vehicular homicide and a felon arrested 46 times were among the first 10 inmates given early releases, Republican lawmakers called on Ritter to end the program immediately. Yesterday, the newspaper learned that Rick Martinez, 48, an inmate with a record of 46 arrests, absconded on Oct. 6 and a warrant for his arrest has been issued.

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