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Elderly Inmates Could Get Early Release

(Springfield, IL)  --  About 800 elderly prisoners could have a shot at getting out early.  A new proposal in Springfield suggests that inmates over 50 years old, who've been locked up for more than 25 years, be released.  Supporters say the idea is to help cut down on overcrowding in Illinois prisons.  Right now the state is holding about 49-thousand inmates but it's only designed to hold 32-thousand.  

Opponents of the bill say it's unfair to the victims who were impacted by the inmates' crimes.  Some go as far as calling the plan unconstitutional.  The proposal has cleared a House committee but faces an uncertain fate when it comes up for debate on the floor. 

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