Maryland Lawmakers Consider Inmate Education Bill

Measure would offer shorter sentence for some inmates

By Kelvin Robinson
|  Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012  |  Updated 6:24 AM EDT
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MD Lawmakers Consider Inmate Education Bill

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Later this week Maryland lawmakers could vote on a controversial bill that would offer a shorter prison sentence for some inmates.

According to WBAL Radio, the bill would cut up to 60 days from a sentence, if a prisoner gets their GED or college degree while behind bars.

Critics argue it sends the wrong message to victims of crime. And they argue many inmates already get free education, so it goes too far to provide an incentive to get out early.

On Tuesday, lawmakers in the House amended the bill to exclue prisoners serving time for first or second degree murder, according to WBAL. Delegates rejected other amendments that would have also exempted those convicted of violent crimes.

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