Within a dense 289-page budget implementer bill passed by the House of Representatives Tuesday was a significant policy change to the state Department of Corrections, aimed at gradually decreasing the prison inmate population.

The provision would allow prison inmates to earn credits toward early release by participating in programs designed to ease their transition back into society. The program would allow inmates to earn a maximum of five days per month, to be taken off the end of their period of incarceration.

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