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Bill proposes prisoners get out early to save state money

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Washington State lawmakers are proposing a bill that would let some prisoners out early. If the bill is passed some inmates could get up to 120 days off their sentence.

The reduction wouldn't apply to those convicted of murder or a sex offense, and supporters of the bill say it could save about $6.6 million over the next two years. But most of the people we spoke to in the Tri-Cities didn't think it's a good idea.

"Even if there's cost involved they committed a crime, they should do the time," says James Rogers.

"I've seen too many criminals get off with a slap on the hand," says Bobbie Case

"I think they should, if their sentence is five years they ought to do the five. If its ten they should serve the ten," says Alan Karnath.

A public hearing for the bill is scheduled for Tuesday in Olympia.

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