Savings not what expected for early prison release

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Posted: Jan 30, 2014 11:36 AM
Updated: Jan 30, 2014 11:42 AM
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Department of Corrections isn't getting the savings it expected from a law allowing nonviolent drug offenders to leave prison early.

A legislative budget analysis show $6 million in expected savings from the law that requires a drug treatment program for some to avoid prison and others to get out sooner.

The Legislative Fiscal Office says expectations have dropped by $5 million with only $815,000 in savings.

According to the fiscal office, the corrections department has had trouble finding qualified offenders to participate.

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