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California Early Release Law Opposed By Victims' Group: The Associated Press reports that a victims' rights group has sued to block a state law that could allow thousands of inmates out of prison early.  The lawsuit, filed Monday in San Diego, claims the measure violates early-release restrictions in Proposition 9, which voters approved in 2008 to protect victims rights.  The inmate release law that took effect in January grants reduced prison terms to low-risk felons if they take job classes or earn high school equivalency diplomas. It is designed to save $500 million and ease prison overcrowding.  The lawsuit was filed by Crime Victims United of California.  SignOnSanDiego released on article today that can be found here.

Medical Parole Proposed to Cut Prison Costs:
Sacramento Bee writer Susan Ferriss reports on an idea proposed by J. Clark Kelso, the federal court-appointed prison health receiver for Plata v. Schwarzenegger, suggesting that California could save millions of dollars a year if officials could grant parole to a handful of inmates who are comatose or severely incapacitated.  An aide in Kelso's office said that, conservatively, the prison system could save $213 million over five years by paroling just 32 inmates identified as severely incapacitated.  "These people are not even capable of realizing they're being punished," said Kelso aide Luis Patino.  "Society becomes the victim, because it's paying the cost." Last year, Governor Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Brown petitioned U.S. District Judge Henderson to replace Kelso.  The judge denied California's request.

"Militia Charged With Plotting to Murder Officers": New York Times writers Nick Bunkley and Charlie Savage report on a militant group compromised of nine individuals, calling themselves the Hutaree, indicted Monday for plotting to kill law enforcement officers in hopes of inciting an antigovernment uprising.  The court filings said the group planned to kill an unidentified law enforcement officer and then bomb the funeral caravan using improvised explosive devices based on designs used against American troops by insurgents in Iraq. The members of the group could face a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge, attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

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Maybe I missed it, but exactly how much time can an inmate earn off his sentence by participating in these programs?

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