Lawmaker files bill to get some prison inmates out earlier

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A state lawmaker wants to help some inmates get out of prison earlier.

Representative Dalton Honore has filed a bill that would increase the credit a non-violent offender earns for participating in certified treatment and rehabilitation programs.

Those credits translate into the number of days that could be taken off the inmates prison time. Right now, inmates can't get more than 250 days worth of credit. Honore wants to increase that to 360.

He believes it would alleviate overcrowding in prisons and save the state some money.

"We talk about prison reform and the expense of the state these prisoners are causing the state of Louisiana, and we aren't doing anything about it," said District 63 State Representative Dalton Honore.

Not everyone thinks this bill is a good idea, especially crime victims.

"You're going to put these criminals right back on the street and people like us are going to have to deal with the consequences of people coming out here being murdered, kids being hooked on drugs. This is the kind of stuff that we're doing. We need to take a look at this law before we think of passing it," Marcus Gaines said.

Marcus Gaines lost six relatives in a drunk driving crash on May 30, 2012.

The offender, Brett Gerald, was sentenced to 70 years in prison. He could get out in 22 years under Representative Honore's proposal.

Legislative session begins on April 8.

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