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Prison Term Bill Designed As Money-Saver

(Carson City, NV) — A bill before the Nevada Senate proposes simplifying prison terms and the parole system while saving the state hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Democratic Sen. David Parks of Las Vegas presented his bill Wednesday to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Parks’ effort passed the Senate in 2011, but stalled in Assembly.

The measure mandates prisoners with multiple convictions serve the total number of minimum years from each offense before being eligible for a parole hearing. Prisoners currently in Nevada facilities would be allowed to opt in, and it would become automatic for offenses after July 1, 2014.

Under the bill, parole credits would apply to the minimum sentence, rather than the maximum.

Parks says the bill is a money-saver and streamlines all aspects of the system.

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