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Bill making 'good time' release harder for some vetoed

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Posted at 10:02 AM, Jun 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-08 11:02:25-04

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has vetoed a bill that he calls a rollback of the state's 2017 prison reform efforts.

The measure would have forced prisoners convicted of four or more non-violent offenses to serve more time before they could earn early release for good behavior or become eligible for parole.

In his Tuesday veto message, Edwards said the 2017 reforms that led to earlier releases of non-violent offenders enabled the state to fund programs aimed at reducing returns to prison.

In a committee hearing during the legislative session, the bill's author argued that repeat offenders are getting out of prison before they can take advantage of such programs.

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