Measure would release some low-risk criminals - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Measure would release some low-risk criminals

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Senate has passed a measure that would release some low-risk criminals from supervision programs early.

The bill passed on a 38-8 vote and now heads to the House. The measure could remove authorities' watchful eye from low-risk offenders after six months, provided they do not commit more crimes.

The bill is one of a number of criminal justice cost-cutting measures lawmakers are considering.

Facing declining revenue collections and a stark budget shortfall, law enforcement programs are one of many items on the chopping block.

This is not the first time the Legislature has proposed cuts to criminal supervision. In 2003, tough budget circumstances forced lawmakers to scale back similar efforts.

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