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October 23, 2014, 5:11 am
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Corrections Defends Early Release Program After Ex-Con Charged in Murder

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.

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