Rhode Island Senators are set to vote on new policies for early prisoner release after learning that a man who killed a 5-year-old boy and kept his shellacked bones could be
The Senate plans to consider Wednesday whether to prohibit rapists, murderers and certain other criminals from earning credits toward early release. Other criminals could earn early release but would be supervised in the community.
He was sentenced to 40 years and is eligible for release this summer after earning good-time credits. The bill wouldn’t affect his sentence, but lawmakers say the case shows a need to change early release policy.
If senators endorse the bill it will head to the House for consideration.