Louisiana freeing hundreds of prisoners on early release

Source: MGN
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Hundreds of inmates are about to get early releases from Louisiana prisons and jails.

The early release of roughly 1,900 inmates on Nov. 1 is the product of a new package of laws overhauling the state's criminal justice system.

The legislation won bipartisan support from state lawmakers, but some elected officials have denounced the changes.

The law allowing for earlier "good time" releases is limited to inmates serving sentences for nonviolent offenses, a designation defined by law, according to state corrections secretary James LeBlanc. They are getting out an average of eight weeks early.

The legislative changes are projected to reduce the state's prison population by up to 10 percent over 10 years.