- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - An advocacy group is calling for lawmakers to reevaluate parole policies, saying only half of female inmates in New Mexico are paroled on time.

The Santa Fe News Mexican reports (https://goo.gl/b4j8bJ ) that officials with the New Mexico Women’s Justice Project met with legislators on the Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee on Monday. The group asked for the end of “in-house parole.”

The group says the state could have saved about $2.8 million if the Corrections Department had released on time the 231 women who instead were kept on in-house parole during the 2014 budget year.

The agency’s deputy director of Adult Parole, Melissa Ortiz, says many of those inmates served sentences shorter than the 210 days in which parole planning must begin before they’re released, causing a delay in release.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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