The state Department of Corrections is defending its revamped early release program… even though one of the parolees who was let out early back in May is now charged with a murder in Decatur.
Joshua Jones is accused of fatally shooting a man just three months after he was released. Jones was let out under a program that tries to reduce prison overcrowding by speeding up the release of non-violent offenders.
A Corrections spokesman says Jones was in prison on drug charges, not a violent offense, and therefore was eligible for the program.
The Associated Press notes that since the revamped program was started in March, fewer than one-percent of the inmates released under it have gone back to prison.