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Old 11-12-2011, 09:27 PM
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Default State could release inmates months early

State Could Release Inmates Months Early, Cut Probation Oversight

The Department of Corrections (DOC) may soon release inmates months early, and slash supervision for nearly all felons on probation in order to meet budget cuts requested by Governor Christine Gregoire earlier this summer.

The state is facing a $1.4 billion shortfall, and Gov. Gregoire has asked all state agencies to cut their budgets between 5 and 10 percent.

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It is all up in the air now with the proposed half cent tax increase. Here is a good article:

http://ruminationsblog.com/journal/2...taxpayers.html

People think taxes are already too high, which they are. They are trying to scare people into raising the taxes and they are using things like removing the proposed early release option out. They will have to fight to see whether or not the tax increase even makes it on to the ballot.
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Any news yet? I can't figure out what the heck is going to happen. Doesn't seem like it will be resolved until January 2012.
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Honestly, I think it will be a quarter into next year before anything is finalized. I think if the tax increase is approved, we will then have to vote on it in March....I am no politician, but this is what I have seen.
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I agree with Tommyg. I will be shocked if anything at all comes out of this special session. Personally I think it is all a big ploy by the Gov to scare the citizens into raising taxes or else!
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"Offenders who are convicted of a sex offense, a violent offense, a crime against persons, or a
drug crime are eligible to be released to community custody in lieu of earned early release."
This sentence is from ESSB 5891. This is already taken account in the inmates ERD? So in an essence, it really doesn't change anything from before? or am I reading it wrong? My honey says, that it doesn't look like anything different that what was passed from before.
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Sorry posted on the wrong thread.
But sadly, I really doubt anything will happen. My honey says that he has an ERD and will stick with it. So, I like having high hopes.
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I think that nothing will happen. I wish it would. My son says he's not going to get his hopes up either.
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I think that nothing will happen. I wish it would. My son says he's not going to get his hopes up either.

Here is a link to the bill pending introduction concerning community custody:

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/bil...Bills/6204.pdf

This one concerns the 150 day early release:

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/bil...Bills/2144.pdf
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I don't understand what all the above means. Can someone please help me to understand???
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Here is a link to the bill pending introduction concerning community custody:

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/bil...Bills/6204.pdf

Bascially this bill would revamp how we conduct hearings in the community. The thought is to speed up the hearings process as a good chunk of time an offender sits in custody is waiting on the hearing.

This one concerns the 150 day early release:

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/bil...Bills/2144.pdf

This is one basically says, if an offender already qualifys for 50% good time, they are eligible for an additional 150 days off. All other stipulations of good time remain in place.
Both are basically trying to lower the jail/inmate population as that's the bulk of DOC costs.
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I got an email from a senator yesterday and he basically said this early release talk is a way to scare the public into voting on the sales tax increase .. the days went from 120 to 150 to make it more scary ...
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I got an email from a senator yesterday and he basically said this early release talk is a way to scare the public into voting on the sales tax increase .. the days went from 120 to 150 to make it more scary ...
What Senator was that?
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