Allen wants accelerated consideration of early-release repeal bill

Sen. Diane Allen, (R-7), Edgewater Park said Friday she wants expedited consideration of her bill to repeal the state’s early inmate release program.

Allen’s bill, S2814, was introduced in opposition to a program that offers certain offenders early release from prison.

The program has become controversial following reports that two early-release inmates were arrested and charged in connection with homicides.

“Legislation does not kill people, but criminals freed by irresponsible legislation most certainly do,” Allen said in a release Friday.

Under a law signed by Gov. Jon Corzine on his last day in office, 220 inmates will be released on parole each month before their full terms of incarceration have been completed, according to Allen.

Gov. Chris Christie has publicly criticized Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, (D-15), Ewing,  for her support of the program, and Coleman in turn has criticized Christie for his policies that she said have reduced the number of police on the streets.

Allen sent a letter to Sen. President Steve Sweeney requesting expedited consideration of her bill.

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