Sen. Cotton introduces Criminal Consequences of Early Release Act

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WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. -- One Arkansas senator said releasing inmates from prison early puts many in danger.

Senator Tom Cotton introduced the Criminal Consequences of Early Release Act on Wednesday to force the government to report recidivism rates of inmates released early from prison.

There are instances where criminals are released from prison and relapse into criminal behavior.

Sen. Cotton is working to find a way to track early release re-offenders.


Specifically, he wants to track those ex-convicts who were released early under revised sentencing guidelines.

Cotton believes the early release of federal prisoners has a direct impact on the safety and security of all American people.

The proposed act stems from what is being called the "justice reform bill".

The bill makes cuts to minimum sentences, changes crime classifications, and would allow some prisoners to be eligible for early release.

One woman who works in Arkansas said Sen. Cotton's act adds stigma to those trying to turn their lives around.

"Everybody -- they go to jail for different things and all of that. Not to say that they won't change but I believe everyone is entitled to a second chance," Sheri Curtis said.

The Criminal Consequences of Early Release Act would also affect any future sentence reductions passed by Congress.

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