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A recently-passed criminal justice reform bill will result in the early release of 985 inmates statewide, two of which will reside in Washington County.
House Bill 463, according to a press release from the Kentucky Department of Corrections, “created a new type of discharge for certain inmates under a section of the legislation referred to as Mandatory Re-entry Supervision (MRS).”
That section of the bill took effect on Jan. 1. According to the release, 985 offenders will be eligible for release on Jan. 3.
Inmates in the release will be within six months of finishing their sentences.
“These offenders will be supervised by a parole officer and provided assistance during that six-month period in order to help them transition into society,” the press release stated. “Without this legislation, these offenders would be serving out their sentences without the transitional services being offered.”
According to the release, certain offenders will not be eligible for early release.
Those include inmates “who are not eligible for parole by statute (not yet reached parole eligibility date or are not eligible for parole), convicted of a capital offense or Class A felony, classified as a maximum or close security, sentenced to two years or less, or are subject to the provisions of KRS 532.043 (any offender required to complete sex offender conditional discharge or convicted of a sex crime after 7/15/1998 who have committed the crime prior to that date).
Also included on the list of those ineligible for early release are offenders “who have six months or less to be served after his or her sentencing by a court of recommitment to prison for violation of probation, shock probation, parole or conditional discharge,” as well as offenders “who have previously been released on (MRS) during their current period of incarceration.”
“All discharged offenders will be monitored for progress and compliance and subject to return to prison if they violate the terms of release,” according to the Department of Corrections.
The press release from the Department of Corrections stated that probation and parole officer caseloads will increase as a result of the early-release.
Two early-release inmates to live in the county
Two of the early-release inmates have Washington County listed as their approved county of residence upon release. They are:
- William Tate, 25, of Mackville, who was convicted of criminal facilitation to commit murder in Boyle County. Tate was housed in Fulton County Detention Center in Hickman, Ky.
According to The Danville Advocate-Messenger, Tate pleaded guilty to the charge after being accused of plotting to kill a manager at the Danville Wendy’s in 2009.
Tate was originally sentenced to four years in prison. His booking date at the Fulton County Detention Center is listed as Sept. 23, 2010 on the facility’s website.
- Thomas Ray Combs, 31, of 10071 Highway 555 in Willisburg, who was convicted of second- and third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, first-degree fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle, fraudulent use of credit cards over $100 in a six-month period, and first-degree wanton endangerment. Combs was housed in Little Sandy Correctional Complex.
Combs was indicted on charges of 10 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and two counts of being a persistent felony offender in 2010 in Washington County.
The charges were in relation to forged checks, allegedly between April 10 and May 11, 2010.
Kentucky Court Records Online indicate Combs is indicted in two ongoing cases. He has a court date on Aug. 22, 2012 in Washington Circuit Court to show cause deferred for the cases.