Alabama Republicans Kill Early Release Bill


Republicans in the Alabama House Wednesday killed a bill that could have resulted in the early release of hundreds of inmates. The sponsor, Rep. Jim Hill (R-Moody), said his proposal expanded the number of convicts covered by the controversial 2013 sentencing standards, which were opposed by many prosecutors. Those standards reduced or eliminated prison time for many criminals. Hill claimed his measure, which applied the standards retroactively, would have allowed non-violent inmates convicted before 2013 to seek a new, lesser sentence. House lawmakers passed a separate bill expanding the number of inmates who can get out of prison early, with supervised release. Prosecutors, including Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey, expressed alarm,


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