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Some released Wash. prisoners getting rent coupons

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Some felons who have earned early release from prison are getting a few months of subsidized rent from Washington taxpayers.

By paying for apartments instead of prison beds, the state is expected to save about $1.5 million over two years.

The Everett Herald reports that the state Corrections Department has approved 31 felons for rental assistance as of last week.

State lawmakers approved the rental vouchers earlier this year.

In the past, some inmates who had earned early release still couldn't get out of prison, because they had nowhere to live.

Eligible inmates can get up to $500 a month, for up to three months. The money goes directly to the landlord. Convicts getting rental vouchers also have to wear GPS monitoring devices for a period of time.

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