JFC cuts Parole Commission in half, but rejects wiping it out

The Joint Finance Committee voted to cut the Parole Commission in half, but rejected the guv’s call to wipe it out.
Walker wanted to eliminate the eight-member Parole Commission and instead rely on a new appointee in the Department of Corrections to decide the fate of offenders eligible for release.
In addition to reducing the commission to four people, it would cut three staff positions.
Only those convicted of offenses that occurred before Dec. 31, 1999, are eligible for parole. The rest are covered by the truth-in-sentencing law that eliminated parole. As of December, there were 3,044 inmat...

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