Wisconsin committee approves early release repeal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A legislative committee has passed a bill that would repeal early release for criminals.

Under the program, some non-violent offenders can get out of prison earlier in their sentence for good behavior.

About 550 inmates have been released through the program since April 2009.

The Republican bill would all but end the program. Its chief sponsor, Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder, says the
program endangers the public without saving any money.

The Senate’s public safety committee approved the measure 3-2. Democrats Spencer Coggs of Milwaukee and Robert Wirch
of Pleasant Prairie voted against the measure.

The vote clears the way for the full Senate to take up the measure.