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Christie: End Early Release Program For Inmates

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (credit: AP Photo/Mel Evans)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (credit: AP Photo/Mel Evans)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey’s governor wants to end the state’s early release program for prison inmates.

Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday that he’ll push for legislation to halt the program because he can’t end it himself.

Christie also sharply criticized Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, who sponsored the early release legislation that was signed into law by Gov. Jon Corzine. It allows certain inmates to be freed on parole six months before their sentences end.

Christie’s decision comes less than two weeks after an inmate who’d been freed early allegedly shot a man to death in Jersey City. The alleged gunman had been let out of prison six weeks before.

Coleman said one individual’s actions don’t mean the program should be scuttled. She blamed the Christie administration for failing to properly supervise parolees.

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