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GOP BLASTS PRISON RELEASES
(2007-05-29)
(wgvu) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Republican lawmakers released a report
today saying the public will be put at risk if the state releases
thousands of parole-eligible inmates from Michigan prisons.
The state Department of Corrections instead should continue and
expand efforts to keep ex-inmates from returning to prison,
according to the G-O-P-endorsed report.
The report also recommends a serious look at creating special
courts for the mentally ill and the expansion of drug treatment
courts to handle some parole violators.
The recommendations were released by a panel that Republicans
created after the state announced budget-saving plans to parole
more prisoners and close a Jackson prison.
Democrats welcomed some suggestions but also criticized the GOP
for blasting plans by Governor Granholm to parole prisoners.
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