Parole Prisoners to Save Money?

By: Sr. Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick
By: Sr. Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick

An Alliance that wants to shift state tax dollars from prisons to education has released a statewide poll suggesting citizens want parole rules changed to allow more non-violent inmates to be released at a savings of $145 million.

Barb Levine believes the prison head-count can be reduced by about 7,200 by allowing those eligible for parole to be paroled. She accuses the state Parole Board of being too conservative.

However Ingham County Prosecutor Staurt Dunnings III argues the survey is "bogus," and the reason crime rates are down is because crooks have been kept behind bars.

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