Study: Supervised Inmates Less Likely to Re-offend

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- An independent study has found that inmates released early under a new state law are less likely to re-offend.

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The Courier-Journal reports the study by the nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts is the first to quantitatively measure how successful the law has been.

The measure took effect in 2012. It is aimed at saving $420 million over 10 years by decreasing the number of prisoners in part by releasing some early under supervision.

The Pew study tracked some of the first prisoners released and found that they were 30 percent less likely to commit new crimes compared to inmates released in previous years with no supervision.

Louisville Metro Department of Corrections Director Mark Bolton says it's still early in the reform effort, but things seem headed in the right direction.

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