- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

WARREN, Maine (AP) - A convicted killer in Maine wants to initiate a statewide referendum that could lead to early release for prisoners with supervision.

The Kennebec Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1NvJiop ) 36-year-old Jeffrey LaGasse is working with other prisoners and their supporters on a petition that’s expected to be released for circulation by the state Department of the Secretary of State. The petition seeks to put a referendum question on the 2018 ballot asking voters to create a new positive re-entry program for inmates.

But victims’ advocates say the proposal’s language goes too far. They take issue with part of the plan that would allow prisoners serving life sentences to be eligible to participate in the program.

LaGasse was convicted of killing Louis Brochu in 2007 in what he describes as a burglary gone wrong.

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Information from: Kennebec Journal, https://www.kjonline.com/

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