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Lawmaker promises bill to end Wis. early release

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state lawmaker is vowing to introduce a bill to end Wisconsin's early release program.

 

Rep. Scott Suder, a Republican from Abbotsford, says the plan is a terrible idea. He says offenders shouldn't get an extra opportunity to break the law and endanger people.

The early release program allows inmates to subtract time from their prison terms for good behavior. Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle included the program in the 2009-2011 budget to help close a $6.6 billion shortfall and free up space in the state's burgeoning prison system.

Democrats control the state Assembly, the Senate and the governor's office, making it all but certain the bill won't become law.

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