Otter, lawmakers to research reducing crime, prison costs

Otter, lawmakers to research reducing crime, prison costs

Otter, lawmakers to research reducing crime, prison costs

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 19 at 12:59 PM

BOISE -- A group of Idaho lawmakers will spend the next several months researching ways to reduce crime and prison costs in Idaho.

Governor Butch Otter announced the Justice Reinvestment project on Tuesday, and numbers from the Council of State Governments are showing that Idaho has a higher percentage of people on probation or parole than in other, surrounding states.

The number of those incarcerated in Idaho prisons grew nearly 30-percent between 2004 and 2010. More than a third of those in prison are repeat offenders.

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