Colorado

Oct 16, 2009 9:02 AM by Associated Press

Colorado releases first 10 prisoners to save money

Colorado Republican lawmakers are calling on Gov. Bill Ritter to suspend an early release program for prisoners, warning it could compromise public safety. Parker Republican and House Minority Leader Mike May says the first release of 10 prisoners shows the program is not working after one of them was later determined to have been previously convicted in a child sex-assault case.

Gov. Bill Ritter has said that no sex offenders, kidnappers or killers would be released early. The parole board says it was unaware of the conviction before the man was released.

May says there are now doubts that the state can save $19 million from the early release program as Ritter promised and that lawmakers can find other ways to save the money that would not put the public at risk.

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