Hundreds Of Felons To Be Released From Prison Early In Texas
An unanticipated loophole in legislation pertaining to imprisoned criminals will now reportedly allow for hundreds of violent offenders, including murderers to go free.
via ABC News
A loophole in Texas law is opening the cell doors for hundreds of convicted killers and other violent criminals and setting dates for their early release.
All inmates convicted between the year 1977 and 1987 will be released from prison after the number of days they have spent in jail and the number of days they have spent in good conduct equals one-third of their initial sentence, according to the Texas parole guide.
In 1987 the law was amended to exclude violent criminals. But the amendment only applies to violent criminals convicted after 1987.
Among those up for release is Genene Jones, 63, a Texas nurse found guilty in 1984 of injecting 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan with a fatal dose of a muscle relaxant. She was sentenced to 99 years. In addition, she got 60 concurrent years for an attack on another child who survived. Nevertheless, she is scheduled to be released on Feb. 24, 2018, after serving 35 years, according to state records.
Over 1,000 individuals convicted of a crime and imprisoned in Texas between 1977 and 1987 are eligible for mandatory release. Many of these individuals were convicted of nonviolent crimes. It is estimated, however, that hundreds of these inmates were convicted of murder, according to Texas Department of Criminal Justice statistics obtained by ABC News.
The office of Gov. Rick Perry said there is nothing they can do about the release of violent convicts.
“Offender release is governed by law in effect when the offense was committed and cannot constitutionally be changed retroactively,” Rich Parsons, deputy director of communications for the governor’s office, said in a statement to ABC News.
Sounds like Texas is about to get a lot more dangerous verrrrryyy soon.