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Early release rules decided

State: Prison space is limited

Posted: February 1, 2013 at 2:25 a.m.

Almost eight years after the state Legislature passed a law allowing for the early release of state prison inmates to halfway houses, a state board on Thursday approved rules governing the releases.

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