CO Now Says 6,400 Inmates Could Go Free Early

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

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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  • by Buchner Kidd Location: Woodland Park on Dec 13, 2009 at 09:42 AM
    As a convicted felon who has served time in a colorado prison. I believe the state of colorado has turned incarceration into a profitable business! Employing cops, judges, clerks, corrections officers, the list goes on and on! And by creating more and more laws, increasing penalties and fines, they have turned rehabilitation into a profitable enterprize for themselves! This should be obvious considering that now that the economy has gotten bad now all the sudden sentences are getting shorter. It wasn't long ago Colorado was building more jails and prisons due to the over crowding, why weren't they giving early releases then? The money of course! So all the bull**** aside, if you do the crime you should do the time. But do fool yourselves into thinking crime doesn't pay, law enforcement hgas made a career out of it!
  • by hmmm on Nov 6, 2009 at 08:45 AM
    I wonder if the recent rise in crime reporting is due to the early release
  • by jen Location: cos on Oct 10, 2009 at 07:19 PM
    That would be nice hmmmm, Too bad the military wont let felons in. I, on the other hand will be welcoming them with open arms, and faith that they can turn there life around. Everyone needs some help now and then...
  • by hmmm on Oct 7, 2009 at 04:58 AM
    one way to solve this is---------if the criminals of all sorts want early release they have a public option-- serve the public, go to boot camp get training and go serve the country. put them in uniform and send them to defend the country. they are off our streets and out there fighting for freedom, thats a job thats guaranteed and they can work off their financial and moral debt to society.
  • by booooo on Sep 27, 2009 at 08:22 AM
    Are you irate Jessica? "Oh one more thing my friend told me to ask you booo was if you have heard of Dog the Bounty Hunter?" Why cant your friend post himself on here himself? Oh is he incarcerated currently? one of the early release candidates? I watch DBH show he does good work and not all felons end up like that either, the overwhelming majority dont.
  • by Aletta Location: OVER THERE on Sep 26, 2009 at 09:17 PM
    AMAZING!!! All this drama becuase they are afraid for them to come out six months earlier then what the judge ordered... PEOPLE!! ITS SIX MONTHS!!! Jessica....YOU TELL THEM LOVE!! Booo I am sorry that you feel this way, but I dont understand your reasoning for this to stop. They are inmates that have done good to get to this point. They were granted parole six months earlier than thier manadatory release date. This means if they dont get out now, the will in six months. Why are you so against them getting out? They have served their time and beyond. They will ALL be on no less than 3 years of mandatory parole supervison anayways. The ones that are not ready to grow up will in fact go back to prison b4 thier 3 yrs is up. The ones that are, are going to be productive and will succeed. Just dont judge them by thier covers, you dont know how many people u know that are or have a felon, they are not at all proud that they do. Judge them on what they do w/ thier future not on thier past.
  • by Jessica Location: CS on Sep 26, 2009 at 06:36 PM
    Oh one more thing my friend told me to ask you booo was if you have heard of Dog the Bounty Hunter? He is a exfelon and probly lives in a better house then you ever could just because someone is a felon doesnt mean they are poor or not worth the time of day and Dog is not the only one I will compose a list for you of wealthy ex felons just because theyve served time doesnt mean they cant or wont do go. And DOC is doing things to help them so they can do good. You are truely the worlds biggest jerk I will send your award to your Box.
  • by booooo on Sep 26, 2009 at 08:21 AM
    And for MS. JESSICA, the headline will read "COS WOMAN WINS PRIZE FOR SOCIAL WAVE OF CRIMEFLU" HAHA , errm i mean prize for social welfare of early release criminals, providing them safe haven. I am glad all the criminals will be in your neighborhood because they wont be moving into mine, simply because they wont be able to afford it. And yes the only reason a few might show up would be for break ins? home invasions? robberies? auto theft? boooooooooooooooooooooo
  • by booooo on Sep 26, 2009 at 08:17 AM
    all you self righteous champions of the poor under priviledged dumped off by society criminal and crime lovers, the "criminals" did it to themselves not I or others who are voicing the opinion that is not in favor of early release because of budget cuts. Grow a few brain cells and look forward with some common sense instead of emotions,budget cuts DOC is letting some out early, there is talk of police depts. cutting down on number of officers, there is talk of cutting all kinds of programs,so you think it will be favorable for the parolees to come out early , all kinds of inherent risks. but then again i dont have to worry because JESSICA is welcoming all of themin her neighborhood. Thank you for keeping the streets safe. Those stats btw were on the Denver Post website but they came from the courts. Same courts that convicted these criminals so might be a good idea to look up the true source of the data and then pass judgment.
  • by Aletta Location: OVER THERE on Sep 25, 2009 at 08:50 PM
    So.... I have a question... They are releasing these inmates 6 months prior to thier Mandatory release date right?..... WHY ARE PEOPLE SCARED!!!! THEY ARE GOING TO COME OUT IN 6 MONTHS ANYWAY, REGARDLESS IF THEY ARE LET OUT EARLY OR NOT!!! 6 MONTHS IS NOT THAT FAR AWAY!! WAKE UP PEOPLE!.. THEY GET OUT NOW or SIX MONTHS FROM NOW! EITHER WAY THEY ARE GETTING OUT
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