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Cash-strapped Idaho unlikely to release inmates

BOISE, Idaho. - Legislative leaders insist Idaho shouldn't follow the lead of states including Oregon and California that are releasing inmates from prison early to accommodate budget cuts.
     
After all, says Senate President Pro Tem Bob Geddes, people didn't wind up behind bars for missing Sunday school.
     
Prisons director Brent Reinke, along with other state agencies, will learn more Friday about just how much more they'll be asked to cut in this year and next.
     
His budget has already been slashed to $168 million, near 2006 levels.
     
Still, Sen. Denton Darrington, a law-and-order advocate, has no plans to reintroduce so-called "good time" allowing early release.
     
Even so, Reinke says he'll present Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter with a scenario next week that includes letting some inmates out early, if only to illustrate a worst-case scenario of deeper budget cuts.

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