In 2008, the Special Committee on Justice Reinvestment reviewed the state’s criminal justice system. A number of the special committee’s recommendations were adopted by the Legislature in 2009. The legislation modified earned time policies for inmates, established a risk reduction sentence that allowed for a sentence reduction for completion of programming and treatment, permitted early discharge for probation and parole, and adopted a system of intermediate sanctions. However, legislation was passed in 2011 that repealed many of the provisions related to early release.
AB 75 (2009) Establishes an earned release program for inmates. Creates a “risk reduction” sentence to identify offenders who may have their sentence reduced by completing in-prison programming or treatment. Expands medical and geriatric parole. Permits the release of certain other inmates prior to the expiration of their prison term under certain circumstances. Requires released inmates to serve an extended period of parole so the total sentence length does not change. Requires some inmate programs to be based on assessment results. Instructs the corrections department to provide community services based on risk assessment results and use intermediate sanctions for rule violations. Authorizes the corrections department to discharge probationers and parolees who have served a specified portion of their sentence. Renames the Parole Commission to the Earned Release Review Commission and further requires the commission to consider release of inmates due to earned time. Creates a Council on Offender Reentry to coordinate reentry initiatives within the state.
SB 57 (2011)
AB 702 (2014)
Return to NCSL’s Justice Reinvestment State Resources page or learn more about NCSL’s Criminal Justice program.