State Rep. Bobby DuBose filed House Bill 837 which would grant early release to a prisoner who is suffering from “a significant terminal or non terminal condition, disease, or syndrome that has rendered the inmate so physically or cognitively impaired, debilitated, or incapacitated as to create a reasonable probability that the inmate does not constitute a danger to himself or herself or to others.” The bill would also set up an Aging Inmate Release Program so that inmates would be eligible if they are at least 70 years of age and have served at least 10 years in prison.

On the surface, this bill seems like good criminal justice reform, but as usual, the Bill excludes the usual exception for people convicted of murder or a sexual offense.

It’s time the legislature acknowledged that “sexual offenses” comprise an extremely broad range of offenses with differing culpability and differing levels of risk.

Please let Rep DuBose know that you oppose the carve out.

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