Some Virginia prisoners will be eligible for early release
State officials say more than 4,500 people housed in Virginia prisons are scheduled to be released early this summer
A new state law that takes effect in July expands a program that allows some people to shorten their sentences.
They now can earn up to 15 days off for every 30 days they’re confined — if they exhibit good behavior and take part in prison rehabilitation programs
Many victim advocates and Republican lawmakers opposed the change. Supporters cited national studies that show expanding these programs reduces recidivism.
A spokesperson for DOC said the releases will take place during a 60-day window between July 1 and Aug. 30.
The earned sentence credit program excludes people who are incarcerated for some violent crimes, including voluntary manslaughter, kidnapping and robbery.