4,000 Inmates May be Released

Officials hope their release will prevent children from life of crime

By Marianne Kushi
|  Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011  |  Updated 9:03 AM PDT
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California: No Facebook for Inmates

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More than 4,000 women serving time in California prisons could serve the rest of their sentences at home.

State officials are trying to comply with a law designed to keep children from following their parents into a life of crime.

The alternative custody program is only for less serious offenders. To qualify, a female inmate must have less than two-years left on their sentence.

They would have to wear GPS-linked ankle bracelets and report to a parole officer.

The state is under court order to reduce the prison population by 30,000 inmates before July 2013.
 

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