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Lawmaker Calls For Crackdown On Prison “Good Time” Credit

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Since October, Connecticut’s earned credit program for prisoners has been cutting days off the end of sentences for inmates who participate in rehabilitation programs.

Although few statistics are currently available on the program’s effects, supporters say it should lower re-offense and crime rates. Crime victims and their families, however, argue the program is unfair and undermines sentencing.

Inmates and parolees can earn credits to reduce their sentences by participating in activities ranging from attending drug rehabilitation classes to pursuing a General Educational Development diploma.

Republican Sen. Andrew Roraback of Goshen says he’ll be pushing for legislation that repeals the program. He said Monday it will come as an amendment to the high-profile death penalty repeal bill.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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