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POLL: Should Prisoners Get Early Release for Taking Classes?

Proposed bill would allow early release.

A member of the Adult Parole Board is speaking out against a bill that would allow inmates to reduce minimum sentences by completing classes while in jail, according to the Union Leader.

House Bill 1654 was approved by a House committee earlier this month, and is scheduled for a floor vote on Wednesday.

The bill offers prisoners who complete training and degrees while in jail the chance to have their sentences reduced. But Donna Sytek of Salem, a member of the Adult Parole Board and a former House Speaker, told the Union Leader the bill poses a threat to a cornerstone of the state's commitment to crime victims, truth-in-sentencing.

What do you think? Should inmates be allowed to reduce their minimum sentences by completing classes in jail? Or is this a bad idea? Vote in our poll below, and leave a comment with your thoughts on the proposal.

Susan Weir January 27, 2013 at 02:24 AM
i agree with four the people a 100%
Susan Weir January 27, 2013 at 02:49 AM
like your comment 100% well done
Proud Conservative January 27, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Lock 'em up for life and you eliminate all repeat offenses.
Proud Conservative January 27, 2013 at 03:06 AM
You cannot force rehab on a person who does not want it. It doesn't work. Oh, you can make them go through the program, but it won't do a bit of good.
Proud Conservative January 27, 2013 at 03:08 AM
I favor the sentences they hand down in Singapore - most drug offenses are punishable by death. Singapore does not have a drug problem! In fact the crime rate in Singapore is lower than any other spot on Earth.

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