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By STEPHEN SINGER
Associated Press

The Connecticut House of Representatives has approved legislation slamming the door on early release for criminals convicted of certain violent offenses. But minority Republicans said too many crimes still would be eligible for early release.

The House approved the measure 90-56 on Tuesday and sent it to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

On Friday, the Senate clarified who’s eligible for early release because confusion arose after the House passed a bill that appeared to allow violent felons who are ineligible for parole to participate in the credit program.

Rep. Gerald Fox, the House chairman of the Judiciary Committee, says good conduct alone will not qualify an inmate for early release.

People convicted of murder, capital felony, felony murder, arson murder, aggravated sexual assault and home invasion will not be eligible for early release.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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