Prison Credit Bill Fails Committee Vote

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A bill that would make certain Connecticut prisoners ineligible to receive early release credits for participating in rehabilitation and other programs has failed to pass committee vote.

Members of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee voted 23-to-20 against the bill Monday.

The bill would have made prisoners convicted of crimes that resulted in the death of another person ineligible to receive time off the ends of their sentences for good behavior.

Supporters of the measure said the earned credit program undermines prison sentencing.

Opponents, however, have said the program will reduce crime re-offending rates in Connecticut.

Beginning last October, most prison inmates have been able to earn time off their sentences by participating in certain rehabilitation programs. Those convicted of murder and certain crimes are ineligible to receive credits.

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

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