Bill Would Repeal Prison Credits

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Republican legislators want to repeal the program allowing Connecticut inmates to earn credit toward early release for good behavior.

The General Assembly approved the program, proposed by Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s administration, in 2011. It allows inmates to earn up to a maximum of five days a month off their sentence for complying with certain programs, and for their accompanying good behavior. The credits can be revoked.

Republican Sen. John Kissel says it’s time to repeal credits for criminals serving time for rape, kidnapping, arson and first-degree manslaughter. He calls the program “misguided.”

Some family members of homicide victims are expected to speak out against the program during a news conference today, which is to be held before the Judiciary Committee hears testimony on the bill.

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