More than 300 Kentucky inmates will get a taste of freedom as Gov. Patton orders the second early release of non-violent offenders.
There are 328 non-violent inmates who are nearing completion of their sentences to be released at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17.
Gov. Patton says the release is part of the state's continuing effort to offset budget shortfalls for the Department of Corrections.
He has come under fire for his decision to release inmates, especially since at least two of them have already been arrested again.
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The following inmates are not included in the application:
- Felony violent offenders as defined by the Department’s Classification System;
- Felony sex offenders as defined by the Department’s
- Felony sex offenders who failed to register as required by law;
- Felony DUI offenders; and
- Felony offenders who have current serious mental health needs who pose a threat to themselves or others.
Source: (KY Corrections Web site) contributed to this report.