** UPDATED x1 ** Brady claims alleged murderer was released too early, but AP reporter says it’s not true
Thursday, Mar 4, 2010
* Sen. Bill Brady claimed today that an alleged murderer had been released too early from prison. Jonathan Phillips was charged with murder last month after being released from prison in November.
Sen. Brady claimed that under the state’s Truth in Sentencing law, Phillips was released from prison seven months too early.
But a reporter with the Associated Press countered repeatedly that the AP had looked into the Phillips case and determined that he was not set free before the normal day-for-day good time release which any other inmate could get. The scandal sparked last year by AP reporting was that the DoC was releasing prisoners 60 days earlier than the usual good time program.
Brady also claimed today that he could not obtain the list of prisoners who had been released, but reporters pointed out that the information was already available. Brady was joined in the presser by House GOP Leader Tom Cross and Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno. The legislators unveiled legislation requiring the state to post photos and background information on all prisoners released early.
Brady stumbled a bit during the presser, so it’s worth a watch…
**UPDATE x1 ** 3:20 p.m. — Sen. Brady talked to reporters after the Senate Executive Committee unanimously approved his early release proposal. He said he plans to stay in the Senate through the campaign…