Rendell: No reprieve for violent inmates

January 4, 2009 11:56:12 AM PST
In his first effort of 2009, Gov. Ed Rendell on Sunday asked the Legislature to end parole for repeat violent offenders. Under the governor's proposal, the state would change the way repeat violent criminals are sentenced.

Currently, sentences are given as a time span and offenders are eligible for parole after serving the minimum amount. Rendell said he wants repeat violent criminals to serve a flat sentence without parole.

Rendell ordered temporarily halted the parole of state prison inmates in September and ordered a review after a Philadelphia police officer was killed by a paroled felon during a traffic stop.

He lifted the moratorium on paroling Pennsylvania's violent offenders after a consultant concluded that procedures for evaluating them are largely safe and effective.

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