Paroles of inmates plummet under Walker

CREATED Mar 2, 2014

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A report says the number of paroles granted by the Wisconsin Parole Commission has plummeted under Gov. Scott Walker.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the commission has severely curtailed parole for more than 2,800 inmates who committed crimes before the state's "truth-in-sentencing" law took effect in 2000.

Many of them got lengthy sentences under the previous law but with the possibility of early release.

But new numbers show only a small percentage of those inmates get paroles, and the proportion dropped sharply after Walker took office in 2011.

Under the Republican governor, 6 percent of parole requests were granted in 2013 and 5.3 percent in 2012. That compares with 14.5 percent in 2009 and 13 percent in 2010, the final year of the administration of Democrat Gov. Jim Doyle.