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Proposal would change Iowa Parole Board voting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Parole Board is proposing to reduce the number of board votes needed to parole high-risk inmates but would toughen the risk assessments.

The Des Moines Register reports that the legislature's Administrative Rules Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the proposal.

The proposal would trim the number of votes to three needed for parole from the five votes needed under current rules guiding the five-member board.

The proposal also adds new risk assessments, including those that would rate the likelihood that an inmate would engage in violent crimes after being released.

Opponents say that despite the new assessments, the proposal raises risks to the public.

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