Ritter Prison Plan: Violent Criminals To Be Released Early After Gov. Promised Otherwise

11/15/2009 04:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Kirk Mitchell The Denver Post

Colorado Department of Corrections officials underreported by thousands the number of prisoners -- including thieves, drug dealers and killers -- who are eligible for early release under a $19 million budget-cutting plan.

A review of the list shows that among the hundreds of violent offenders to be considered are several convicted killers and a man who shot and wounded a police officer, even though DOC officials and Gov. Bill Ritter have promised that the prisoners are not the type who would be eligible for early release.

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