NEVADA (AP) — A bill that would allow certain felons to earn “good time” credits so they can be considered for early release will get a Senate floor vote.
Senate Judiciary Committee members approved AB136 Friday with a 4-3 vote. The bill would allow certain Class B felons to earn credits through actions such as earning high school diplomas or undergoing drug treatment programs. The credits do not guarantee an early release.
Class B felons make up the majority of Nevada’s prison population. The category includes an array of crimes that range from shoplifting to violent assault.
Violent and repeat Class B offenders would not be eligible for the good-time credit program. The 2007 Legislature passed a similar measure for lower-level felonies.
Opponents say the proposal is irresponsible and would undercut sentence minimums.
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