CO Now Says 6,400 Inmates Could Go Free Early

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email
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About 6,400 inmates will be released early from prison in the next two years. By putting them back on our neighborhood streets, it will help the state save $19 million, which is a small portion of state's $320 million budget shortfall.

"That 6,400 number is based on projection and the parole board has discretion to release an inmate or not," says Katherine Sanguinetti with the Department of Corrections, the D.O.C.

She says the only type of inmates they won't consider for early release are sex offenders.

"By the time they are put out on parole, they (the prisoners) will all will be within six months of their mandatory release date or mandatory parole date."

Once they're out, they'll be able to get a job and a house, but they'll be on parole for the remainder of their sentence. "They’ll be under supervision. The services include mobile surveillance, GPS tracking, paging and increased urine testing."

But this idea to free prisoners early to save some money comes with mixed reaction. "I don't think it's a good thing. If they've done a crime, they need to stay in," says Meagan Kroeze, a Colorado Springs resident.

"It's sets a precedent for future criminals," says Sheri Ferrara, a Colorado Springs resident.

The first eight inmates being released early will get out next week. Victims of violent crimes will be notified if their offender is released early.

The D.O.C says it costs $30,000 a year to house, feed and clothe and provide rehabilative programs for each inmate. There are 23,000 prisoners in Colorado. That's $690 million a year.

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