Updated: Friday, 22 Mar 2013, 5:13 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 22 Mar 2013, 3:16 AM EDT
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut legislators are being urged to repeal or revamp the program allowing Connecticut inmates to earn credit toward early release for good behavior.
The Judiciary Committee heard testimony Friday on several bills affecting the program, enacted in 2011, which allows inmates to earn up to a maximum of five days a month off their sentence for complying with certain programs, and for their accompanying good behavior.
Republican Sen. Michael McLachlan said the program should be repealed, calling it a "dangerous public policy" that has led to repeat offenses.
But Department of Correction Commissioner Leo Arnone (ar-noh-NEE') opposes a repeal, saying early data show it has had positive results. He supports another bill that ensures violent offenders cannot be released until they serve at least 85 percent of their sentences.