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Kentucky Officials Expediting Release of Paroled Inmates

On Wednesday, the Kentucky Department of Corrections announced it is implementing an emergency regulation to expedite the release of certain offenders who have already been approved for parole in order to ease overcrowding at state and local correctional facilities. 

The move will impact approximately 570 inmates whose cases have already been reviewed by Kentucky’s independent parole board as part of the normal discharge process. 

Prior to the change in regulation, the inmates were already deemed safe for parole and were scheduled for release within 60 days.

The regulation is designed to free up prison and jail beds so that offenders can be transferred out of the most crowded jails.

Officials believe this effort is a first solid step in addressing the issue of crowding in prisons and jails.

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