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Group wants answers on parole system

A coalition of religious leaders and prison reform advocates is accusing the department of corrections of keeping people in prison, when they could be out on parole.

The group called WISDOM says nearly 3,000 inmates who are eligible for parole are being kept behind bars on lengthy sentences. They committed their crimes before the state put its Truth in Sentencing law on the books.

Rev. Jerry Hancock works with a prison ministry group, and he says that's costing taxpayers $96 million a year.

Hancock and others are calling on state officials to be more transparent about the process, and what inmates need to do, to be released on parole.

DOC officials say parole numbers have dropped because fewer inmates are eligible, since Truth in Sentencing went into effect about 15 years ago.

posted : July, 10th by WHBY

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