Colorado now says 6,400 inmates could go free early
DENVER, Colorado – Colorado prison officials now say about 6,400 inmates could be released early to help save money, not 3,400 as they originally reported.
The Denver Post reported Tuesday that internal state documents show the 3,400 figure was only for the first year of the 2-year program.
A spokeswoman for the state Corrections Department says the release of the inaccurate number was unintentional.
The newspaper says the list of inmates who could be released up to six months early includes 20 convicted of murder, attempted murder, manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide, 14 convicted of kidnapping and 14 convicted of serious child abuse.
The early release program is expected to save about $19 million to help close a $320 million budget shortfall.
Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com