HB57 could eliminate good time for violent offenders

CHEYENNE, Wy.(KGWN)- Three Lawmakers from Albany County don’t want to let violent offenders in Wyoming get out of their sentences early.

House Bill 57 would eliminate what is known as “good time” for specific inmates. Currently, good time gives inmates or parolees reduced sentences for good behavior while in prison.

The bill is sponsored by Representative Bill Haley and Jerry Paxton as well as Senator Glenn Moniz.

If passed by the Legislature, House Bill 57 would amend the sentencing and imprisonment laws in Wyoming. The amendment would add that people who are serving time for a violent felony crime would not be eligible for good time/reduced sentences.

The state of Wyoming considers violent felony crimes to be: murder, manslaughter, kidnapping, sexual assault in the first or second degree, sexual abuse of a minor in the first or second degree, robbery, aggravated assault and battery, aggravated arson and aggravated burglary.

An important thing to note though, if passed this session the amendment would only apply to those convicted of these violent felony crimes after July 1, 2018.

House Bill 57 will be considered when the full legislature convenes, February 12.

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