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Shortening sentences loses favor in Legislature

A proposal a Senate committee considered today for cutting Department of Corrections costs was notable for what it didn’t contain: plans to knock 60 days off of inmate sentences.

The idea was pitched as part of the Senate budget plan and would have exempted inmates seen as a high risk to commit violent crimes upon release. The House budget went even farther, calling for cutting 120 days from sentences and not making the same exemption. (Both plans excepted inmates convicted of violent and sex offenses).

But senators didn’t include the 60-day early release in the version of SB 5891 that received a public hearing today. It contains other aspects of the Senate budget, saving $14 million:

  • Eliminate supervision of inmates released from jails. Exceptions would include inmates seen as a high risk to commit new violent crimes and those with histories of domestic violence. Read more »


Criminal-supervision group hears Washington proposals

Washington officials say they’re making progress in efforts to change how criminals like Maurice Clemmons who move from state to state are handled.

The Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision will form a committee to consider Washington’s requests: that states receiving paroled offenders have information about their history and authority to send them back.

The executive committee of the board agreed unanimously today to form the committee, Washington Corrections Secretary Eldon Vail said today after meeting with the board in Lexington, Ky. Gov. Chris Gregoire also sat in on the discussion by phone and Web camera.

The full commission could

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