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NH House passes bill to give break to inmates

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Prison inmates could shave up to 13 months off their sentences under a bill passed by the New Hampshire House.

Under the bill passed Wednesday to the Senate, inmates would get 90 days off their sentences for completing GED programs, 120 days for a high school diploma and 180 days for an associate or bachelor's degree. They also could earn reductions for completing vocational, mental health or family support programming.

Inmates would serve their minimum sentences before becoming eligible for parole.

Proponents say the bill will encourage rehabilitation and reduce recidivism.

Critics note inmates would be eligible for reduced time if the sentencing court approves, but other interested parties, including the victim and the public, aren't in the loop.

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