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RI officials reviewing early release for criminals

November 11, 2011

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Officials in Rhode Island are reviewing the state's early prison release rules after a man convicted of killing a boy in 1975 and preserving his bones almost went free.

A criminal justice commission met this week to review the state's "good time" rules that let inmates shave time off their sentences. The commission is examining at ways to restrict the early release of certain violent inmates.

Rep. Teresa Tanzi requested the review after learning that Michael Woodmansee was eligible for release after serving 28 years of a 40-year sentence for killing 5-year-old Jason Foreman in South Kingstown. Woodmansee agreed to remain in custody at a mental facility.

Tanzi says good-time credits can encourage inmates to behave but must not be overly lenient when it comes to violent offenders.